Pleiku: The Dawn Of Helicopter Warfare In Vietnam
Pleiku: The Dawn of Helicopter Warfare in Vietnam
Recounts the first major battle between American and North Vietnamese forces in 1965, describes the first use of helicopters to move men into battle, and looks at how this tactic shaped the warFrom Publishers WeeklyThis is a history of U.S. development of the air-mobile concept; the creation of the first air-assault division; and the testing of both in the central highlands of South Vietnam in October/November 1965the Pleiku Campaign. For the first time, helicopters transported troops en masse as well as carrying organic howitzers and establishing remote fire-bases in support of a division-sized operation. The result was a stunning victory for the Americans. Retired Army Lt.-Col. Coleman (who wrote the official after-action report) had access to "three duffel bags" full of captured enemy documents and here covers both sides of the bloody affair. Highly specialized, the book will appeal primarily to only the most dedicated military buffs. Photos.Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.From Library JournalHere is a pair of books on air power in the Vietnam War. Coleman's is a unit history of the first large-scale battle between North Vietnamese regulars and the newly reorganized cavalry of the U.S. Army, which used helicopters for troop and material movements and close-fire support. The author, who was involved and wrote the official after-action report on the Ia Drang Valley of October and November 1965, uses the traditional arrangement of order of battle, tactical conditions, and a description of the fighting. He also includes much information now available from the other side, as the 33d North Vietnamese Regiment planned a major attack against the American forces. This action in Pleiku province was the first trial in combat of the 1st Air Cavalry's helicopter tacticstactics which, in this case, rendered the North Vietnamese Army powerless. Describing the action "up North," English author Dorr has produced a heavily illustrated year-by-year narrative of U.S. air power going against Laotian, Cambodian, and North Vietnamese targets some of them more heavily defended by missiles and guns than any in history. Air Force, Navy, and Marine aircraft struggled with often arbitrary rules of engagement and equipment that occasionally malfunctioned, to demonstrate determination and courage in a dubious cause. In the end the strategy, Dorr argues, drove the Hanoi government to sign the January 1973 peace agreement. Both are well-written and illuminating histories. Mel D. Lane, SacramentoCopyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Specification of Pleiku: The Dawn of Helicopter Warfare in Vietnam
|Coleman, J. D.
|St Martins Pr
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