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This is the story that inspired the acclaimed Burt Lancaster movie, Go Tell the Spartans. The year is 1964--early days in South Vietnam--and the U.S. Army Raiders have garrisoned a town that the French abandoned ten years before. The Viet Cong attack, and the Americans reinforce. They're not about to repeat the mistakes of the French!
'Sad, bawdy, and compelling,' wrote the Detroit Free Press. Prophetic, too, of how the larger war would end.