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

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Sources and Bibliography

Primary Sources

The majority of material for this book was compiled from the original documents of Vietnam-based American units, which are now housed in the Washington National Records Center, Suitland, Maryland, by the General Archives Division of the U.S. National Archives and Records Service. The quarterly operational reports, combat staff journals, command chronicles, and after action reports of major Army and Marine units were examined. These are contained in Records Group 338 (Vietnam War: MACV/USARV records). To facilitate further research by interested readers, those original records used as principal sources are identified by their individual document accession codes and arranged by chapter and section. Published works listed below are also fully cited in Section 2, General Sources. Additionally, the mass of interviews and working papers prepared by the author during the course of research for his Vietnam Order of Battle ( Washington: U.S. News Books, 1981) was extensively utilized. These notes and tapes are identified as Original Papers, Vietnam Order of Battle Project.


Chapter 1.

Section 1

Principal sources used were Gen. Cao Van Vien et al., The U.S. Advisor, Indochina Monographs ( Washington: U.S. Army Center of Military History, 1980); U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam RCS J3 Advisory Detachment, After Action Reports from Son Tinh District and III Corps Tactical Zone Senior Advisor, 1965; Department of the Army Pamphlet 550-55, Area Handbook for South Vietnam ( Washington: Government Printing Office).


Section 2

Principal sources used were the 5th Special Forces Group Operational Briefing Narrative, "The Role of U.S. Army Special Forces in Vietnam," dtd 31 December 1965; Memorandum dtd 22 April 1968, "Development of the CIDG Program, 1964-1968," contained in 5th Special Forces Group, Operational Report, dtd 15 May 1968, OACSFOR-OT-RD 682179; Col. Francis J. Kelly, U.S. Army Special Forces, 1961-1971, Vietnam Studies ( Washington: Department of the Army, 1973).

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vi
  • Foreword x
  • Introduction xv
  • Part 1 1965 1
  • Chapter 1. Advisors and Special Forces 3
  • Chapter 2. an Army Girds for Battle 18
  • Chapter 3. Marines at War 29
  • Chapter 4. an Army Goes to War 45
  • Part 2 1966 63
  • Chapter 5. the Build-Up 65
  • Chapter 6. the Area War 81
  • Chapter 7. the Central Front 97
  • Chapter 8. the Northern Front 117
  • Part3 1967 131
  • Chapter 9. the Year of the Big Battles 142
  • Chapter 11. Battle for the Highlands 157
  • Chapter 12. Holding the Line 179
  • Chapter 13. Battle for the Coast 191
  • Part 4 1968 203
  • Chapter 14. Year of Crises 205
  • Chapter 15. the Battles of Tet-68 219
  • Chapter 16. Siege and Breakthrough 247
  • Chapter 17. Counteroffensive 260
  • Part 5 1969 281
  • Chapter 18. One War 283
  • Chapter 19. One War in the Northern Provinces 295
  • Chapter 20. One War in the Southern Provinces 308
  • Part 6 333
  • Chapter 21 335
  • Chapter 22. an Army Departs the War 350
  • Guide to Unit Organization and Terms 369
  • Sources and Bibliography 371
  • Index 395
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