The Rise and Fall of an American Army: U.S. Ground Forces in Vietnam, 1965-1973

The Rise and Fall of an American Army: U.S. Ground Forces in Vietnam, 1965-1973

The Rise and Fall of an American Army: U.S. Ground Forces in Vietnam, 1965-1973

The Rise and Fall of an American Army: U.S. Ground Forces in Vietnam, 1965-1973

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The Rise and Fall of an American Army is a battlefield history of the United States ground forces in the Vietnam war from 1965 through 1973. This book covers both the U.S. Marine Corps and the Army, since the term American Army is being used in a larger sense to signify the combined military land forces of a nation.

This battlefield history concentrates on how the United States Army and Marine Corps raised combat units and deployed them to Vietnam, and then how these units were employed and fought during the war. The book highlights significant military factors which affected unit performance in Vietnam. To provide continuity within the framework of overall United States military history, the historical backgrounds of most line regiments fielded in Vietnam have been briefly summarized in the footnotes. Thus, matters of smaller unit heritage do not infringe upon the narrative, but are still readily available for the interested reader. Although the fall of Saigon and the fall of an American Army are two separate themes, the allied efforts in Vietnam were so intertwined that they directly impacted on American combat performance. The South Vietnamese actions and operations described in this work are believed necessary to tell the complete story.

The book is arranged chronologically, so that each of its six parts covers a specific span of time. The first chapter within a part gives the overall strategic campaign background for that period. The remaining chapters are divided so that each covers . . .

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