THE VIETNAM WAR DAY BY DAY
Author: Leo Daugherty
Publisher: Lewis International, Oct 2002
A superbly illustrated account of America's most tragic war. Although the major events of each month dominate the narrative, it also includes lesser episodes to give the reader a comprehensive summary of the war. 400 color & B&W photos & maps; 8x11 inches, 192 pgs.
On 8th March 1965, in response to intense communist activity throughout South Vietnam, the US 9th Marine Brigade landed at Danang and went into the immediate action against communist forces attacking US military installations. Thus began the start of a massive infusion of American military personnel and aid into South Vietnam, which heralded 8 years of brutal engagements which cost 50,000 American lives, led to political and social entanglements, and where the greatest military & industrial power on earth unleashed thousands of tones of ordnance against an enemy rarely seen, where battles consisted of clasehes at platoon or battalion level only, and where the images of the war could be viewed daily on television in American homes.
The Vietnam War Day by Day is a chronological month by month approach to the conflict, allowing the reader to see at a glance the key operations on land, at sea and in the air, such as 'Cedar Falls' , 'Junction City', 'Rolling Thunder' and the Tet Offensive. These operations and other engagements are illustrated by maps for ease of understanding. As well as the battles and campaigns, the book contains all the military & political leaders of both sides who helped to shape the conflict, such as Westmoreland, Giap, Nixon, Kissinger, Abrams, and Le Duc Tho.
Although the major events of each month dominate the narrative, The Vietnam War Day by Day also includes lesser episodes to give the reader a comprehenvie summary of the war. These include drug trafficking, rates of venereal disease, which had reached 700 per 1000 men by 1972, American prisoners of war, and the enormous black market in South Vietnam.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Leo Daughterty served in the U.S. Marine Corps and is now on the Corps' reserve list. He has written numerous articles on the U.S. Marines, and was the Associate Editor for the Marine Corps Gazette. He currently lives in Ohio, USA.