"At the end of the most
grandiose plans and strategies is a soldier walking point."
Forward to 'The Rise and Fall of an American Army'
The above quote, cited by Harry G.
Summers in his Forward to Shelby Stanton's book, 'The
Rise and Fall of an American Army', found its tragic counterpoint in
Vietnam; no matter how bravely or how well the soldier on the point did
his job, if the plans and strategies were faulty, all the courage and
bloodshed were for naught.
In this section I have tried to present
historical material relating to the War. A lot of this
information comes from contemporary sources, including the Veterans
themselves, as well as more 'official' documents. Much of it was found by
personal research or submitted by visitors, all of it
should be of interest since it serves to flesh out the otherwise
purely academic bones of what was, after all, a
Accounts - memories and recollections submitted by Veterans concerning
their personal experiences of the War. These articles give a fascinating
insight into the everyday lives of those that were actually there and
contain detail that is generally unavailable in normal sources.
- An Historical Perspective - a
look at the events leading up to US military involvement in Vietnam from the
fall of the Japanese following World War II to the adoption by John F.
Kennedy of the 'many flags' policy in the fight against Communism in
- The US Army in Vietnam
- an extensively abridged history of the US Army's involvement in Vietnam in
16 parts that covers the U.S. Army's initial involvement with Ho Chi Minh
following the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu right up to the Fall of Saigon on 29 April
1975. All illustrations have been added by myself and do not form a part of
the 'official' history.
- Lang Vei: Tanks in the Wire - an
article that chronicles the NVA attack and capture of Lang Vei Special
Forces Camp in February 1968. The attack was particularly noted for the
NVA's use of armor, the first instance of their employment against allied
ground forces in Vietnam.
Armor - an introduction to the development, organisation and employment
of PAVN armored forces.
Easter Offensive 1972 - in March of 1972, the North Vietnamese Army
initiated the Nguyen Hue campaign. This was the first instance in which
massed PAVN armor was used in the Republic of Vietnam. This article
gives a commentary of the events surrounding the Easter Offensive.
Armored Forces - the development of the armored forces of the
Army of the Republic of Vietnam: from the establishment of a Vietnamese
armored force in 1950 to the fall of Saigon.
- Fighting to the Finish :
The Role of South Viet Namís III Armor Brigade and III Corps Assault Force in
the Warís Final Days
Communist Assault on Quang Tri - a purely South Vietnamese
perspective of the NVA easter Offensive around Quang Tri by Lieutenant
Colonel Tran Van Hien
- Tactics - a look at the various tactics adopted by
both sides in the War and the methods developed in order to counteract the effects of
the enemy's tactics. Most of these material is taken directly from
'official' US military sources but also contains pertinent comments by
- Equipment - an examination of the equipment used by both
sides in the War, particularly small-arms and helicopters. This section is
constantly under review and being added to as new information becomes
available and time permits!
Reviews - a small selection of book reviews (both fiction and
of reviews written by myself as well as contributions from visitors to this site
- please feel free to send your own reviews of books to me for
Artist - Jim Pollock was a US Army Combat Artist in
Vietnam. In this article, reproduced with permission from the author, Jim
explains the Combat Artist Program and relates an experience he had on a
single day in 1967, RVN.
- See also The Art of Combat
for details regarding the Indianapolis Art Center exhibition (October 27, 2000 - January 7, 2001).
Action Report #1 - report of a successful night ambush carried out
by 1st Squad, 2d Platoon, Company C, 2d Battalion (Airmobile), 327th
Infantry on 19 December 1969.
- Combat After Action Report #3 -
report of a joint
combined operation against Viet Cong positions using coordinated air
strikes and artillery and which illustrates the successful integration of several
fire support means.