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US Air Cavalry Trooper vs North Vietnamese Soldier - Vietnam 1965-68 (Paperback): Chris McNab US Air Cavalry Trooper vs North Vietnamese Soldier - Vietnam 1965-68 (Paperback)
Chris McNab; Illustrated by Johnny Shumate
R364 R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Save R68 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The tactics and technologies of modern air assault - vertical deployment of troops by helicopter or similar means - emerged properly during the 1950s in Korea and Algeria. Yet it was during the Vietnam War that helicopter air assault truly came of age and by 1965 the United States had established fully airmobile battalions, brigades, and divisions, including the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile).This division brought to Vietnam a revolutionary new speed and dexterity in battlefield tactics, using massed helicopters to liberate its soldiers from traditional overland methods of combat manoeuvre. However, the communist troops adjusted their own thinking to handle airmobile assaults. Specializing in ambush, harassment, infiltration attacks, and small-scale attrition, the North Vietnamese operated with light logistics and a deep familiarity with the terrain. They optimized their defensive tactics to make landing zones as hostile as possible for assaulting US troops, and from 1966 worked to draw them into 'Hill Traps', extensive kill zones specially prepared for defence -in -depth. By the time the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) withdrew from Vietnam in 1972, it had suffered more casualties than any other US Army division. Featuring specially commissioned artwork, archive photographs, and full-colour battle maps, this study charts the evolution of US airmobile tactics pitted against North Vietnamese countermeasures. The two sides are analysed in detail, including training, logistics, weaponry, and organization.

Liberating Iraq - The Untold Story of the Assyrian Christians (Paperback): Amir George Liberating Iraq - The Untold Story of the Assyrian Christians (Paperback)
Amir George
R494 R351 Discovery Miles 3 510 Save R143 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the story of the Iraqi war written by one of the only people in Iraq without a minder. It is based on the authors own personal insights as an Assyrian Christian over a period of several years, which were drawn from meetings with the Iraqi Prime Minister, President, Foreign Minister, top US and international officials, and the Iraqi people themselves. It reveals what happened to the weapons of mass destruction, and it tells of the horrors experienced by those who worked for the Iraqi government and what life was like under Saddam. It describes the days leading up to the war, the first relief convoy to cross the border into Iraq following the war, and the tremendous success of the nearly 400,000 Americans who fanned out across Iraq to love and save the nation only to now be on the verge of seeing that success lost. Liberating Iraq will appeal to those who served in Iraq, their family members and anyone who wants to know the truth about what really happened.

The 'Stan (Paperback): Kevin Knodell, David Axe The 'Stan (Paperback)
Kevin Knodell, David Axe; Illustrated by Blue Delliquanti
R456 R397 Discovery Miles 3 970 Save R59 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The 'Stan is a collection of short comics about America's longest war. The tales in this book--based on reporting by David Axe and Kevin Knodell and drawn by artist Blue Delliquanti-are all true and took place in roughly the first decade of the U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan. While the stories are from the recent past, The 'Stan is still very much about Afghanistan's, and America's, present. And likely future.

Alpha One Sixteen - A Combat Infantryman's Year in Vietnam (Hardcover): Peter Clark Alpha One Sixteen - A Combat Infantryman's Year in Vietnam (Hardcover)
Peter Clark
R590 R478 Discovery Miles 4 780 Save R112 (19%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Peter Clark's year in Vietnam began in July 1966, when he was shipped out with hundreds of other young recruits, as a replacement in the 1st Infantry Division. Clark was assigned to the Alpha Company. Clark gives a visceral, vivid and immediate account of life in the platoon, as he progresses from green recruit to seasoned soldier over the course of a year in the complexities of the Vietnamese conflict. Clark gradually learns the techniques developed by US troops to cope with the daily horrors they encountered, the technical skills needed to fight and survive, and how to deal with the awful reality of civilian casualties. Fighting aside, it rained almost every day and insect bites constantly plagued the soldiers as they moved through dense jungle, muddy rice paddy and sandy roads. From the food they ate (largely canned meatballs, beans and potatoes) to the inventive ways they managed to shower, every aspect of the platoon's lives is explored in this revealing book. The troops even managed to fit in some R&Rwhilst off-duty in the bars of Tokyo. Alpha One Sixteen follows Clark as he discovers how to cope with the vagaries of the enemy and the daily confusion the troops faced in distinguishing combatants from civilians. The Viet Cong were a largely unseen enemy who fought a guerrilla war, setting traps and landmines everywhere. Clark's vigilance develops as he gets used to 'living in mortal terror,' which a brush with death in a particularly terrifying fire fight does nothing to dispel. As he continues his journey, he chronicles those less fortunate; the heavy toll being taken all round him is powerfully described at the end of each chapter.

From Third World to First - The Singapore Story: 1965 - 2000 (Hardcover): Lee Kuan Yew From Third World to First - The Singapore Story: 1965 - 2000 (Hardcover)
Lee Kuan Yew
R763 R691 Discovery Miles 6 910 Save R72 (9%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Lee Kuan Yew is one of the most influential leaders in Asia. In this illuminating account, Lee writes frankly about his disapproving approach to political opponents and his often unorthodox views on human rights, democracy, and inherited intelligence, aiming always “to be correct, not politically correct.”Since it’s independence in 1965, tiny Singapore – once a poor and decrepit colony – has risen to become a rich and thriving Asian metropolis.From Third World to First is a fascinating and insightful account of Singapore’s survival from a history of oppressive colonialism, the Second World War and major poverty and disorder.Lee also uses previously unpublished official government reports and papers to explain how he led a tiny country into becoming a prosperous and secure modern society, amid the constant hostility of world politics.Today Singapore boasts not only to have the busiest port of trade, best airport with the world’s number one airline, but also the world’s fourth-highest per capita real income? An Island hailed as the city of the future, Singapore’s miraculous history is dramatically recounted by the man who not only lived through it all but fearlessly forged ahead and brought about most of the changes.Lee highlights is relationships with his political peers from Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan to George Bush and poetry-spouting Jiang Zemin. Also a father of three Lee writes warmly of his family life.From Third World to First offers readers a compelling glimpse not only into the heart but also the mind of an incredibly influential man who is impossible to ignore in Asian and international politics.

Million Dollar Bronze Star - A Solider's Story of Corruption and Debauchery in Vietnam (Paperback): F Bruce Lauer Million Dollar Bronze Star - A Solider's Story of Corruption and Debauchery in Vietnam (Paperback)
F Bruce Lauer
R432 Discovery Miles 4 320 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Three Tastes of Nuoc Mam - The Brown Water Navy and Visits to Vietnam (Paperback): Douglas Branson Three Tastes of Nuoc Mam - The Brown Water Navy and Visits to Vietnam (Paperback)
Douglas Branson
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During the War, Vietnam's coast had to be protected against Viet Cong ambushes and smuggling. The U.S. forces had destroyers, cruisers and gargantuan aircraft carriers, none suited for inshore patrol. This is the story of the Brown Water Navy, the garage-band flotilla assembled to do the job. Douglas Branson has been to Vietnam several times, including trips in 1966, 1995 and 2011. The first time, he was a 22-year-old, "Brown Water Navy" lieutenant JG. Subsequent visits were as a consultant/tourist. Here, Branson recounts three of his Vietnam adventures with humour, detail and insight into the economic, political and gastronomic forces at work.

Emperor'S Own - Ethiopian Forces in the Korean War: the History of the Ethiopian Imperial Bodyguard Battalion in the... Emperor'S Own - Ethiopian Forces in the Korean War: the History of the Ethiopian Imperial Bodyguard Battalion in the Korean War 1950-53 (Paperback)
Dagmawi Abebe
R519 R393 Discovery Miles 3 930 Save R126 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

On June 25, 1950, as he was flying back to Washington D.C. to deal with the outbreak of war in Korea, US President Harry Truman thought, "In my generation, this was not the first occasion when the strong had attacked the weak. I recalled some earlier instances: Manchuria, Ethiopia, Austria. I remembered how each time that the democracies failed to act it had encouraged the aggressor to keep going ahead. Communism was acting in Korea just as Hitler, Mussolini, and the Japanese had acted, ten, fifteen, and twenty years earlier... If this was allowed to go unchallenged it would mean a third world war." In response to North Korea's invasion of South Korea, the United Nations sent an urgent plea to its members for military assistance. Sixteen nations answered the call by contributing combat troops. Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, a stalwart advocate of collective security, dispatched an infantry battalion composed of his Imperial Bodyguard to affirm this principle which had been abandoned in favour of appeasement when the League of Nations (the predecessor to the United Nations) gave Fascist Italy a free-hand to invade Ethiopia in 1935. The unit designated "Kagnew Battalion" was actually successive battalions which rotated yearly and fought as part of the US 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. When they arrived, these warriors from an ancient empire were viewed with suspicion by their American allies as they were untested in modern warfare. Their arrival in Korea also coincided with the de-segregation of the US Army. However, the Ethiopians eventually earned the respect of their comrades after countless bloody, often hand-to hand battles, with all three battalions which served during the war earning US Presidential Unit Citations. Remarkably, Kagnew was the only UN contingent which did not lose a single man as prisoner of war or missing in action. Until now, few have heard the story of their stand for collective security and against aggression. The Emperor's Own provides insight into who these men and women were as well as what became of them after the war.

When Broken Glass Floats - Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge (Paperback, New Ed): Chanrithy Him When Broken Glass Floats - Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge (Paperback, New Ed)
Chanrithy Him
R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the Cambodian proverb, "when broken glass floats" is the time when evil triumphs over good. That time began in 1975, when the Khmer Rouge took power in Cambodia and the Him family began their trek through the hell of the "killing fields." In a mesmerizing story, Him vividly recounts a Cambodia where rudimentary labor camps are the norm and technology, such as cars and electricity, no longer exists. Death becomes a companion at the camps, along with illness. Yet through the terror, Chanrithy's family remains loyal to one another despite the Khmer Rouge's demand of loyalty only to itself. Moments of inexpressible sacrifice and love lead them to bring what little food they have to the others, even at the risk of their own lives. In 1979, "broken glass" finally sinks. From a family of twelve, only five of the Him children survive. Sponsored by an uncle in Oregon, they begin their new lives in a land that promises welcome to those starved for freedom.

Afterburner - Naval Aviators and the Vietnam War (Hardcover): John Darrell Sherwood Afterburner - Naval Aviators and the Vietnam War (Hardcover)
John Darrell Sherwood
R1,205 R977 Discovery Miles 9 770 Save R228 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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"An exceptionally well written, well documented, fast-moving account."--"Washington Times"

"This is a book written on multiple levels, and well worth reading."--"M.S. Naval Institute Proceedings"

"This book is a welcome addition to the history of naval aviation and fills a much-needed void by detailing the later years of the Vietnam naval air campaign."--"Sea Power"

"Makes for lively, vivid, and informative reading. I would include it...on my list of the top ten books on the air war in Vietnam."
--"Air Power History"

"John Sherwood has done a fine job in giving us a first-rate account of a confusing but critically important period in Naval Aviation history."--"The Hook"

"As a collection of individual studies and 'war stories, ' "Afterburner" should find an interested readership." --"Military History"

"With a 45-degree dive angle set, 450 knots of airspeed building, and my altimeter unwinding like crazy, my scan went rapidly between the bombsight and flight instruments. . . . When I looked over my shoulder at the target, I could see where the bombs had hit and exploded."

Through stories like this diary entry of a fighter pilot, John Darrell Sherwood brings forth the personal accounts of 21 naval and marine aviators in this chronicle of the second half of the Navy's air war over Vietnam.

Despite spending over 200 billion dollars and dropping almost 8 million tons of bombs on Southeast Asia, the U.S. was unable to score a definitive victory in the air war. Afterburner takes us inside the day-to-day operations of the air war, particularly during the most intense year of the campaign: 1972. During that year, North Vietnam launched the first large-scale conventional attacks on strongholds in South Vietnam. Sherwood shows how the U.S. fought back with some of the most innovative air campaigns in its history, including Nixon's Linebacker bombings and the Navy's mining operation in Haiphong Harbor. From duels with enemy MiGs to the experiences of Commander C. Ronald Polfer, who became the voice of reason among American POWs in the Hanoi Hilton's Room 5, the detailed stories in Afterburner make these historical events come to life.

Sherwood compiles and analyzes an incredible breadth of information about the details of each of the Navy's operations during the air war and then relates the key parts of the narrative through the eyes of an pilot or flight officer involved in each action. Through tales of courage and fear, triumph and horror, Sherwood reveals the lives of common aircrews who performed extraordinary service. Their experiences illustrate the personal nature of war--even from the air--and show that the air war in Vietnam may have begun as a slow burn, but by 1972, it was more intense than an F-4 afterburner.

The Capture of the USS Pueblo - The Incident, the Aftermath and the Motives of North Korea (Paperback): James Duermeyer The Capture of the USS Pueblo - The Incident, the Aftermath and the Motives of North Korea (Paperback)
James Duermeyer
R1,101 R959 Discovery Miles 9 590 Save R142 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

1968 was a year filled with calamitous events that mired down the Lyndon Johnson presidency, not the least of which was the unheeded warnings leading up to the hijacking of the USS Pueblo, a lightly-armed spy ship cruising in international waters off North Korea. After a fierce, one-sided attack by the North Korean military, the U.S. Navy ship and its crew of eighty-three men were taken hostage, with the crew being imprisoned and tortured daily for nearly a year before being released. How, and why did the Navy, the National Security Agency, and the Johnson administration place the Pueblo into such an untenable situation in the first place? And secondly, what could possibly have driven Kim Il-sung, the autocratic dictator of North Korea to take the gamble of hijacking a Navy ship belonging to the world's most powerful nation? With extensive research, including summaries of White House meetings and conversations that followed the capture, The Capture of the USS Pueblo answers these questions and reviews the flawed leadership decisions and national events that led to the capture of the spy ship. The capture of the USS Pueblo contains painfully-learned historical lessons, lessons that should be reviewed and heeded, especially as they relate to international events unfolding today.

Making a Night Stalker (Hardcover): David Burnett Making a Night Stalker (Hardcover)
David Burnett; Edited by Kendra Middleton Williams; Foreword by George Diaz
R525 R450 Discovery Miles 4 500 Save R75 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Never Quit - From Alaskan Wilderness Rescues to Afghanistan Firefights as an Elite Special Ops Pj (Paperback): Don Rearden,... Never Quit - From Alaskan Wilderness Rescues to Afghanistan Firefights as an Elite Special Ops Pj (Paperback)
Don Rearden, Jimmy Settle, Jimmy Settle With Don Rearden
R342 R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Save R28 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"That Others May Live" is a mantra that defines the fearless men of Alaska's 212th Pararescue Unit, the PJs, one of the most elite military forces on the planet. Whether they are rescuing citizens injured and freezing in the Alaskan wilderness or saving wounded Rangers and SEALS in blazing firefights at war, the PJs are the least known and most highly trained of America's warriors. Never Quit is the true story of how Jimmy Settle, an Alaskan shoe store clerk, became a Special Forces Operator and war hero. After being shot in the head during a dangerous high mountain operation in the rugged Watapur Valley in Afghanistan, Jimmy returns to battle with his teammates for a heroic rescue, the bullet fragments stitched over and still in his skull. In a cross between a suicide rescue mission and an against-all-odds mountain battle, his team of PJs risk their lives again in an epic firefight. When his helicopter is hit and begins leaking fuel, Jimmy finds himself in the worst possible position as a rescue specialist - forced to leave members from his own team behind. Jimmy will have to risk everything to get back into the battle and bring back his brothers. From death-defying Alaskan wilderness training, wild rescues, and vicious battles against the Taliban and Al Qaeda, this is an explosive special operations memoir unlike any that has come before, and the true story of a man from humble beginnings who became an American hero.

Killing for Show - Photography, War, and the Media in Vietnam and Iraq (Hardcover): Julian Stallabrass Killing for Show - Photography, War, and the Media in Vietnam and Iraq (Hardcover)
Julian Stallabrass
R1,449 Discovery Miles 14 490 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

See firsthand how war photography is used to sway public opinion. In the autumn of 2014, the Royal Air Force released blurry video of a missile blowing up a pick-up truck which may have had a weapon attached to its flatbed. This was a lethal form of gesture politics: to send a GBP9-million bomber from Cyprus to Iraq and back, burning GBP35,000 an hour in fuel, to launch a smart missile costing GBP100,000 to destroy a truck or, rather, to create a video that shows it being destroyed. Some lives are ended-it is impossible to tell whose-so that the government can pretend that it taking effective action by creating a high-budget snuff movie. This is killing for show. Since the Vietnam War the way we see conflict-through film, photographs, and pixels-has had a powerful impact on the political fortunes of the campaign, and the way that war has been conducted. In this fully illustrated and passionately argued account of war imagery, Julian Stallabrass tells the story of post-war conflict, how it was recorded and remembered through its iconic photography. The relationship between war and photograph is constantly in transition, forming new perspectives, provoking new challenges: what is allowed to be seen? Does an image have the power to change political opinion? How are images used to wage war? Stallabrass shows how photographs have become a vital weapon in the modern war: as propaganda-from close-quarters fighting to the drone's electronic vision-as well as a witness to the barbarity of events such as the My Lai massacre, the violent suppression of insurgent Fallujah or the atrocities in Abu Ghraib. Through these accounts Stallabrass maps a comprehensive theoretical re-evaluation of the relationship between war, politics and visual culture. Killing for Show offers: 190 photographs encompassing photojournalism, artists' images, photographs by soldiers and amateurs and drones A comprehensive comparison of the role of photography in the Vietnam and Iraq Wars An explanation of the waning power of iconic images in collective memory An analysis of the failure of military PR and the public display of killing A focus on what can and cannot be seen, photographed and published An exploration of the power and limits of amateur photography Arguments about how violent images act on democracy This full-color book is an essential volume in the history of warfare and photography

A Shadow on Our Hearts - Soldier-Poetry, Morality, and the American War in Vietnam (Paperback): Adam  Gilbert A Shadow on Our Hearts - Soldier-Poetry, Morality, and the American War in Vietnam (Paperback)
Adam Gilbert
R905 R635 Discovery Miles 6 350 Save R270 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The American war in Vietnam was one of the most morally contentious events of the twentieth century, and it produced an extraordinary outpouring of poetry. Yet the prodigious poetic voice of its American participants remains largely unheard; the complex ethical terrain of their experiences underexplored. In A Shadow on Our Hearts, Adam Gilbert rectifies these oversights by utilizing the vast body of soldier-poetry to examine the war's core moral issues. The soldier-poets provide important insights into the ethical dimensions of their physical and psychological surroundings before, during, and after the war. They also offer profound perspectives on the relationships between American soldiers and the Vietnamese people. From firsthand experiences, they reflect on what it meant to be witnesses, victims, and perpetrators of wartime violence. And they advance an uncompromising vision of moral responsibility that indicts a range of culprits for the harms caused by the conflict. Gilbert explores the powerful and perceptive work of these soldier-poets through the lens of morality and presents a radically alternative, deeply personal, and ethically penetrating account of the American war in Vietnam.

The Blackhorse in Vietnam - The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam and Cambodia, 1966-1972 (Hardcover): Don Snedeker The Blackhorse in Vietnam - The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam and Cambodia, 1966-1972 (Hardcover)
Don Snedeker
R718 R567 Discovery Miles 5 670 Save R151 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

When the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment came ashore at Vung Tau, South Vietnam, in September 1966, it faced a number of challenges. The enemy - Viet Cong (VC) and North Vietnamese Army (NVA) - was, of course, the most critical challenge. But the terrain and weather were also factors that could adversely affect the employment ofboth armored vehicles and helicopters alike. The dearth of doctrine and tactics for the employment of armored cavalry in a counterinsurgency was equally challenging - especially during the pre-deployment training and initial combat operations. But just as importantly, there was an institutional bias within the Army that an insurgency was an infantryman's war. Despite the thick jungle and monsoonal rains, despite the lack of doctrinal guidance, Blackhorse leaders found a way to overcome the obstacles and accomplish the mission. Within a year of their arrival in Vietnam, Blackhorse troopers overcame ambushes that featured volleys of anti-tank weapons, multitudes of mines, and coordinated assaults by reinforced enemy regiments against troop-sized positions. They defeated an entire enemy division twice their size. Most importantly, the 11th Cavalry successfully demonstrated the ability to operate on and off the roads, in the jungle, and during both the wet and dry seasons. By the spring of 1967, Army leaders were beginning to realize the value of armored forces in Vietnam. With the Blackhorse Regiment leading the way, armor was considered an essential part of the combat team. This is a history of the Blackhorse Regiment in the Vietnam War, and the stories of some of the 20,000 young Americans who served in its ranks during the war.

Korean War: Allied Surge - Pyongyang Falls, UN Sweep to the Yalu, October 1950 (Paperback): Gerry van Tonder Korean War: Allied Surge - Pyongyang Falls, UN Sweep to the Yalu, October 1950 (Paperback)
Gerry van Tonder
R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Cold War crescendo: in the author's first three volumes in a series on battles of the Korean War, North Korean forces cross the 38th Parallel, rolling back US and South Korean forces into a small corner of the Korean peninsula. Months later, commander of the United Nations Command (UNC) in Korea, General Douglas MacArthur, launches a daring counteroffensive invasion at Inchon, enveloping North Korea. Despite a warning from Beijing that it will intervene if US forces cross the 38th, MacArthur uses the UN's conditional authorization to land elements of the US X Corps at Wonsan and Riwon in North Korea. The Eighth US Army and South Korean forces capture the North Korean capital, P'y?ngyang, while American paratroops make the first combat jump of the conflict at Sunch'?n and Sukch'?n, cutting the road to the Chinese border. While MacArthur's ground forces edge closer to the Yalu River, and the general having designs of chasing the retiring North Koreans across the river into China, in October 1950 the Chinese politburo immediately deploys 200,000 members of the 13th Army Group of the newly titled People's Volunteer Army (PLA) on a pre-emptive defensive' operation into North Korea.

Felon for Peace - The Memoir of a Vietnam-era Draft Resister (Paperback, New): Felon for Peace - The Memoir of a Vietnam-era Draft Resister (Paperback, New)
R1,106 R780 Discovery Miles 7 800 Save R326 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When Jerry Elmer turned eighteen at the height of the Vietnam War, he publicly refused to register for the draft, a felony then and now. Later he burglarized the offices of fourteen draft boards in three cities, destroying the files of men eligible to be drafted. After working almost twenty years in the peace movement, he attended law school, where he was the only convicted felon in Harvard's class of 1990.

This book is a blend of personal memoir, contemporary history, and astute political analysis. Elmer draws on a variety of sources, including never-before-released FBI files, and argues passionately for the practice of nonviolence. He describes the range of actions he took--from draft card burning to organizing draft board raids with Father Phil Berrigan; from vigils on the Capitol steps inside "tiger cages" used to torture Vietnamese political prisoners to jail time for protesting nuclear power plants; from a tour of the killing fields of Cambodia to meetings with Corazon Aquino in the Philippines.

A Vietnamese-language edition of "Felon for Peace" has also been published.

Marine Corps Tank Battles in Korea (Paperback): Oscar E. Gilbert Marine Corps Tank Battles in Korea (Paperback)
Oscar E. Gilbert 1
R410 R320 Discovery Miles 3 200 Save R90 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Reviews for Hardback Edition: "In order to produce this fine book, the author has conducted extensive interviews with participants and consulted archival and published materials. This gives the book an excellent balance between the events as witnessed by the participants and the broader historic, strategic and tactical issues. It also makes for a great reading experience. The text is full of excellent "war stories" and covers a wide variety of combat and non-combat scenarios... You'll not be disappointed. Highly recommended." Missing Lynx

Marine Corps Tank Battles in Vietnam (Paperback): Oscar E. Gilbert Marine Corps Tank Battles in Vietnam (Paperback)
Oscar E. Gilbert 1
R406 R316 Discovery Miles 3 160 Save R90 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Reviews for the Hardback Edition: "If you have any interest in the Vietnam War or military history in general I can thoroughly recommend Marine Corps Tank Battles in Vietnam as a great read that's very hard to put down once you have started." Model Military International "The Marine tankers found themselves in the forefront of this fierce fight and endured some of the heaviest fighting of the war, but throughout it all they demonstrated versatility, dedication and courage despite the harsh conditions and this excellent book tells the story of these men in a no-holds barred account of life of a US Marine Tanker." Military Machines International "A fascinating read that takes you through the mind numbing daily routine of the M48 crews, their frightening actions and what happened to them afterwards." Tankette "...an interesting book, giving us a very down-to-earth account of the war in Vietnam..." Tank "... an effective picture of the War from a Marine Corps tankers point of view" Classic Military Vehicle "This is an enthralling account of tank combat in Vietnam from the Marine perspective based largely on first hand accounts from veterans." AFV Modeller UK "...does a fine job of combining the personal stories (of which there are many) of Marine tankers with well-documented descriptions of both tactical and strategic situations as they developed throughout the war....near the top of my must read military history list." Military

Mystery of Missing Flight F-BELV (Hardcover): Stephen Wynn Mystery of Missing Flight F-BELV (Hardcover)
Stephen Wynn
R526 R425 Discovery Miles 4 250 Save R101 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Following the Geneva Accords in 1954, Vietnam found itself separated into North and South, with communist North Vietnam under the control of Ho Chi Min. At the same time, the International Commission for Supervision and Control (ICSC) was established, whose role it was to oversee the implementation of the Accords. On 18 October 1965, an ICSC aircraft, F-BELV, was on a regular weekly flight from Saigon to Hanoi, stopping at Pnohm Penh, in Cambodia, and Vientiane, in Laos. Twenty minutes after leaving Vientiane, the captain contacted the authorities at Hanoi to give his ETA, but the aircraft never arrived. It is believed to be the only aircraft never to have been recovered from the Vietnam War. But what really happened and why? Did the aircraft crash, or was it shot down? Did it happen over Laos or North Vietnam? Mystery of Missing Flight F-BELV examines all aspects of the Vietnam War, particularly the events of 1965, and how tensions in the region heightened as the first American combat troops arrived in Vietnam. It investigates the role of the CIA, and whether their involvement had any bearing on the disappearance of flight F-BELV. It looks at those on board the aircraft, including James Sylvester Byrne, a sergeant in the Canadian Army and a relation to the author of this book. Was he just a regular soldier? Or was he really an intelligence officer gathering information to share with the Americans?

Invisible Scars - Mental Trauma and the Korean War (Hardcover): Meghan Fitzpatrick Invisible Scars - Mental Trauma and the Korean War (Hardcover)
Meghan Fitzpatrick
R1,265 R1,041 Discovery Miles 10 410 Save R224 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book will be of interest to scholars of military and medical history as well as those interested in the human consequences of war.

Triumphant Warrior - The Legend of the Navy's Most Daring Helicopter Pilot (Hardcover): ,Peter Shay Triumphant Warrior - The Legend of the Navy's Most Daring Helicopter Pilot (Hardcover)
,Peter Shay
R654 R484 Discovery Miles 4 840 Save R170 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Inherent in "A Navy Flyer's Creed" is the power of inspiration: "My country built the best airplane in the world and entrusted it to me. They trained me to fly it. I will use it to the absolute limit of my power. With my fellow pilots, aircrew and deck crews, my plane and I will do anything necessary to carry out our tremendous responsibilities. When the going is fast and rough, I will not falter. I will be uncompromising in every blow I strike. I will be humble in victory. I am a United States Navy Flyer." In Vietnam, barely a month after the start of the Tet Offensive in 1968, one such proud United States Navy flyer applied the fundamental but sometimes forgotten maxims expressed in this creed. And he dared to risk not only his naval career, but the lives of his fellow aircrewmen in rescuing a wounded U.S. Army advisor whose time had nearly run out and whose loss of blood meant that he was only moments away from certain battlefield death. The pilot, Lieutenant Commander Allen E. "Wes" Weseleskey, had been assigned to the Navy's Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron Three, the "Seawolves" at the Vinh Long Army Airfield. His controversial mission took place on March 9, 1968 on the outskirts of Sadec, in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. Two ARVN companies were being overwhelmed and despite coming under heavy fire, Weseleskey decided to go in and rescue as many survivors as possible. The accompanying Seawolf is forced to turn back after taking hits, but Weseleskey with the agreement of his crew persisted in the attempt, flying so low under the treeline that the VC rocket launchers were unable to reach it. On reaching base, it was observed that the overladen helicopter "looked like it had been used as a battering ram." Allen Weseleskey was awarded the Bronze Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Navy Cross during his service. This is his story, from early assignments, clashes with superior officers, missions and rescues during the Tet Offensive, to homecoming. It is the story of a quintessential flyer, an American hero who was prepared to speak his mind and take risks. It also encapsulates the vital role of the Seawolves in the Vietnam War.

North Korean Onslaught - Volume II: UN Stand at the Pusan Perimeter, August 1950 (Paperback): Tonder, Gerry van North Korean Onslaught - Volume II: UN Stand at the Pusan Perimeter, August 1950 (Paperback)
Tonder, Gerry van
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In the first volume in this series on the Korean War, North Korea Invades the South, North Korean ground forces, armour and artillery crossed the 38th Parallel, and, in blitzkrieg style, rolled back UN and South Korean forces down the Korean peninsula. Despite the US and South Korea committing army, air force and navy units, supported by forces from Australia, Britain, New Zealand, France and Canada, by 31 July, eleven enemy divisions were concentrated in a disconnected line from Ch?nju to Y?ngdong. Along the south coast, North Korean divisions pushed eastward towards Masan. To the east and centre of the peninsula, the enemy closed in on Kimch'?n and the Naktong River line. On the east coast, three North Korean divisions secured the Y?ngd?k-P'ohang axis, placing them within mortar range of the UN airfield at Y?nil. Reeling, the UN forces desperately defended the 140-mile-line lodgement area that incorporated the port of Pusan. Supreme commander of UN forces, General Douglas MacArthur, had his back to the sea, facing thirteen enemy infantry divisions, two new tank brigades and an armoured division. On 1 September, North Korean forces launched their strongest offensive to date, and in the first two weeks of the month, American casualties became the heaviest of the war. Of particular concern to General Walker was the danger of losing the town of Taegu in the centre. The resultant loss of the strategic Taegu-Pusan railway would be catastrophic. MacArthur and Washington were running out of options, but the Pusan Perimeter had to be defended at all costs.

Battle at the 38th Parallel - Surviving the Peace Talks at Panmunjom (Paperback, 1st ed): Joseph E Gonsalves Battle at the 38th Parallel - Surviving the Peace Talks at Panmunjom (Paperback, 1st ed)
Joseph E Gonsalves; Foreword by Stanley Sandler
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Battle at the 38th Parallel is a first-hand account of the war experiences of a U.S. Army rifle company--Company E, 17th Regiment, 7th Infantry Division--during the closing months of the war. Their story has been meticulously recreated through research conducted at the National Archives, extensive interviews and the personal recollections of the author.

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