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A stirring tribute to the valor and courage of the allied forces in the Vietnam War and a vivid re-creation of hard-won battles from Ia Drang Valley to Khe Sanh and Hamburger Hill…
Celebrating the skill and bravery of the United States armed forces and their South Vietnamese allies, A Noble Cause presents a gripping chronicle of both large and small unit successful combat engagements, including the Battle of Dong Xoai (1965); the Battle of Ia Drang Valley (1965), the first major ground battle of the Vietnam War; the Battle of Loc Ninh (1967) by the Cambodian border; the Battle of Khe Sanh (1967–1968) leading up to the Tet Offensive; the Battle of Dong Ha (1968); the bloody siege on Hamburger Hill (1969); and the Battle of An Loc (1972), sixty-five miles north of Saigon, which contributed to the failure of the Vietcong’s Eastertide Offensive.
A Noble Cause chronicles the crucial strategic decisions that led to victory—often against steep odds—and honors the bravery of every soldier who stood his ground, faced the enemy, and gave his all.
INCLUDES PHOTOS AND MAPS
Niles (MacArthur's War), a novelist and fantasy game designer, unconvincingly attempts to argue that the American war in Vietnam was, in Ronald Reagan's words, "a noble cause." He creditably shows that American fighting forces by and large did well on the battlefields of South Vietnam, winning every important engagement against the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army. Niles also condemns the "national disgrace" of the American public turning its back on the American soldiers after they returned, seeing them as representing the controversial war and its unhappy outcome. The bulk of the book consists of battle-by-battle chapters that look at the strategy and tactics of more than a dozen important Vietnam War engagements. That includes the pivotal 1965 Battle of the Ia Drang Valley; the Siege of Khe Sanh and the Battle for Hue during the 1968 Tet Offensive; and the 1972 NVA invasion of South Vietnam. All have been well documented in the last four decades in scores of books by historians and journalists and in countless memoirs by those who fought in them. Niles's in-the-trenches recaps, with maps and troop movements, will appeal primarily to those looking for detailed depictions of the Vietnam War's most pivotal battles.