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VIETNAM - A War Misplaced And Received

VIETNAM - A War Misplaced And Received

'VIETNAM - A War Misplaced and Won' by Nigel Cawthorne was first printed in 2003 by Arcturus Publishing Limited within the UK. Nigel Cawthorne, who was born in Chicago, the United States, is an American-born British author of fiction and non-fiction, and an editor.

The book consists of an introduction on what triggered one the worst wars in American war history. It has ten chapters adopted by an epilogue, bibliography and index. Offered in paperback with high quality recycled materials, for those who missed the Vietnam War era, this book is highly recommended because it offers a vivid, lucid and statistics on what truly Argunners went flawed in the war that had left a permanent black mark in American may and navy superiority.

The entrance cowl of this highly-informative book carries a watermark image of a soldier in full army gear at the background, and American troops crossing what appears like a typical Vietnamese paddy field aided by helicopters above. Surely these images are memory of what often seem in Rambo, Platoon and Lacking in Motion Hollywood flicks.

It additionally gives the maps of Vietnam showing the disputed areas -the North and South, the very territories that had been in fixed limelight throughout the war. Another map will aid the readers on the Tet Offensive which befell from January to February 1968. Not only that, the book has high-high quality real life images, photographs shot in real battles, displaying the assorted property of the American forces, the people who dictated the war from behind and different chronological evidences in what can be the only war that the People lost.

Written in easy but precise language, the book offers abundance of numerical evidences and readers will likely be treated to overwhelming shocks and bounces. The statistical records revealed in this book will inform us that forty six, 370 US servicemen have been killed where more than 10,000 died from non-combat related causes and more than a hundred,000 wounded. The US authorities had spent a whopping USD 145billion, a massive quantity for that point, for a priceless war that started in 1965 and led to 1975, two years after the Paris Peace Accord.

The US lost four, 865 helicopters, every prices a couple of quarter of 1,000,000 dollars and eight million tons of bombs were dropped in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia combined, a number far-out fetched the amount dropped during the entire of World War II (WW II). The B52, a pride of American hegemony, dropped USD200, 000 value of bombs out of its bomb-bay doors on every mission. Readers will even get to establish the other assets of the US Military, from US UH thirteen Helicopters often called Hueys, US Strike Patrol Boat (STAB), M60 Machine guns, the B52 Bomber, to US Phantom Jets utilized in Operation Rolling Thunder, had been constantly mentioned throughout the book.

One other plus level of this book is that the writer had distanced himself from all parts obvious to parochialism; regionalism and blind nationalism, hence uncared for the facet of 1-sidedness in his views. In accordance with the author, more than 18million individuals had been displaced throughout the war, and more than three per cent of South Vietnam was totally devastated past recognition.

Additional revelations indicate that 18million gallons of defoliants had been used in the war which resulted in severely handicapped and malformed babies. As many as 50,000 have been still being detained as political prisoners- Prisoners of War (POWs) as till 1986 and the author went on to further clarify that the after effect of the war had 865, 000 individuals fleeing the nation searching for greener pastures elsewhere.

The writer also took a swipe at American soldiers in the course of the war, mocking at their ignorance of being boastful in undermining the enemy's strength. This was enhanced by way of the use of terms which had been frequent among US servicemen in Vietnam at the moment, like 'gooks' - a derogatory time period referring to folks of Asian descent in the US and 'peasants' - referring to the Vietnamese insurgents who predominantly include farmers. The lost to this military of peasants additional ignited the fire of dire humiliation in the US.

The writer also further affirmed the truth that typically, the people of Vietnam has a special affinity with the soil of their nation and the guerrilla warfare that the so-called peasant military fought, was fought till the last drop of blood not like their counterpart who, on a significant scale consists of reluctant draftees, some of their teenage years, combating as soldiers manning the forefront of the bloody battle.

On war strategies, the writer identified that from day one, the superior army had bought it all wrong. The Vietnamese had gained the war through the most effective use of underground tunnels, used for hundreds of years even before the invasion of the US army, in opposition to the likes of the Chinese and the French. The Vietnamese had tunnels running for hundreds of miles from the Cambodian border to the gates of Saigon. They had dormitories, workshops, hospitals, kitchens, headquarter services and provide depots in-built inside these tunnels. Made of laterite clay, the surface becomes hardened like concrete as soon as uncovered to the scorching sun. With this data, the writer had revealed to the readers that it was indeed true that one of the important reasons on why the Individuals had misplaced the war was because they had been combating an unseen enemy; ceaselessly appearing out of nowhere, engaged the enemy in sudden fight, only then to vanish into thin air.

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