Rolling Thunder in A Gentle Land

Rolling Thunder in A Gentle Land

The Vietnam War Revisited

Book - 2006
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Andrew Wiest has collected 15 uniformly excellent new essays by highly regarded scholars, veterans, and victims from differing military, political, and academic perspectives to present the Vietnam War in a global context.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Osprey, 2006
ISBN: 9781846030208
Branch Call Number: 959.7043 R754 2006
Characteristics: 336 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Wiest, Andrew A.


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Oct 24, 2013

The book consists of contributions by 15 authors, who have written other items on the Viet Amer war. ____I note in particular___: Bui Tin's item on the manual of how to engage the Americans, written by a NVA General, who was sent to investigate the matter. Tin also comments how he would have stopped the infiltration route with a division across the DMZ and into Laos, pointing to some interesting faults with the American response. Also with the bombing campaign. __Le Ly Hayslip recalls how her village had to comply with VC and ARVN edicts, one day couldn't warn VC because ARVN had arrived first, were watching them! __ANZAC experience in this war. Us ANZACs have a proud tradition of being dropped in the pooh by our allies, we should, perhaps, join the nonaligned movement. This is a front for the commies, but there is only the 2 of them left now, right?? This would well be the safest option for us! __Also an interesting item on the roll played by the news services, blamed by some for the American loss of the war. The studies done suggest the media picked up mostly from what the Administration told them, along with leaks from dissident elements, within the Admin... ! __Arnold R. Isaacs comments on 'Vietnam Syndrome';, America's fear of further war and adaption of strategy, from the Vietnam war experience. I paraphrase: Don't worry people, if America comes after you now, they will use full military power, not mess about with incremental bombing campaigns, halts and stuff, that might leave you confused as to what they want. __Where the contributors comment on the STRATEGY OF ATTRITION, it is attributed to Westmoreland. I point out (With the proviso that this could be my error) Stanley Karnow and others attribute this to Robert McNamara, who came from Ford motor Co, completely possibly with his head full of 'Management by Ratios' and other some such other stuff. I think this to be the more likely source for the strategy of attrition. __Most of the articles provide an overview, summary of tactics used, that often had to be adapted to local conditions and the responses of the enemy. I would have liked to see more from the NVA, VC. __MIND YOU__, I always do. So if the NVA, VC guys could get off their butts and write of their experiences and motivations - WITHOUT too much official story altering interference - I would be grateful!! ... . __The other items are from US academics, in the field of warfare. __I think one of the final articles quoted the controversial American HES (Hamlet Evaluation Scheme) a questionnaire designed to get statistics on enemy activity __I INCLUDE copied Summary from Osprey Publishing, that lists contents.


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Oct 20, 2013

Editor: Andrew Wiest __About this book__ From its beginnings in the Colonial War with France in the 1940s and 50s, through to the final evacuation of Saigon in 1975 and beyond, each chapter of Rolling Thunder in a Gentle Land: The Vietnam War Revisited focuses on a different aspect of the Vietnam War. Officers from both the NVA and ARVN take a first-hand look at the strategy and tactics of both sides and give critical assessments of where the war went wrong; Le Ly Hayslip provides a harrowing account of life for the typical South Vietnamese civilian caught up in the war. Acclaimed historians and journalists, such as Bernard Edelman and Arnold Isaacs, take a critical look at the many aspects of the war from the river war and the air war through to the strategy and doctrine used by the US forces. __CONTENTS: •Contributors •Chronology •Introduction: An American War? - Professor Andrew Wiest •The French Indochina War: 1946-54 – Martin Windrow •Fight for the Long Haul: The War as Seen by a Soldier in the People's Army of Vietnam - Bui Tin •The Road South: The Ho Chi Minh Trail - Dr John Prados •The War outside Vietnam: Cambodia and Laos - Professor Kenton Clymer • {}Reflections of a South Vietnamese Soldier - Lieutenant General Lam Quang Thi •Caught in the Crossfire: The Civilian Experience - Le Ly Hayslip •Diggers and Kiwis: Australian and New Zealand Expereince in Vietnam - Professor Jeffrey Grey •The Conduct of the War: Strategy, Doctrines, Tactics, and Policy – Lewis Sorley •On the Ground: The US Experience - Bernard Edelman •“Swatting Flies with a Sledgehammer:” The Air War - Professor Ronald B. Frankum, Jr. •Battle for the Mekong: The River War in Vietnam - Professor R. Blake Dunnavent •Tactics in a Different War: Adapting US Doctrine - Gordon L. Rottman •The “Living-Room War:” Media and Public Opinion in a Limited War - Professor Daniel C. Hallin •The Final Act - and After: The Legacy of War - Arnold R. Isaacs •Endnotes •Bibliography •Glossary •Index ________________________________I copied Summary from Osprey Publishing. With slight deletion, marked {} pretty brackets, for obvious error.


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