The US involvement in Indo-China is often viewed as a disaster and the main focus has been on the US Army and US Marines ashore. This book provides a comprehensive review of the significant US Navy involvement, supported by a fantastic selection of excellent images – Most Highly Recommended.
NAME: At Close Quarters, An Illustrated History of the US Navy in the Vietnam War FILE: R2686 AUTHOR: editor Edward J Marolda PUBLISHER: Naval Institute Press BINDING: hard back PAGES: 346 PRICE: $39.95 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Indo-China, Vietnam, South Vietnam, North Vietnam, China, Russia, Col War, Domino Theory, US Navy, US Marine Corps, ground strike aircraft, carrier aircraft, naval aviation, helicopters, gunships, riverine warfare, strategic bombing, tactical bombing, Top Gun, dog fights ISBN: 978-1-68247-195-1 IMAGE: B2686.jpg BUYNOW: www.usni.org/store/books/spring-2018-catalog/combat-close-quarters LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The US involvement in Indo-China is often viewed as a disaster and the main focus has been on the US Army and US Marines ashore. This book provides a comprehensive review of the significant US Navy involvement, supported by a fantastic selection of excellent images – Most Highly Recommended. The US involvement in the Vietnam War was controversial and remains so today. The US lost, being forced to retreat, but the battles were fought as much in the US by draft dodgers and demonstrators, as by the North Vietnamese. No military can win a war without the support of its citizens. The protest movement became the Vietnamese fifth column and proved devastatingly effective against its own soldiers, sailors and airmen. However, US military personnel fought with skill and courage, accepted heavy casualties even though some command decisions and culture may have been less than they deserved. For the US Navy, Vietnam involved them at every level. US Marines served ashore in large numbers. Riverine craft were operated on the Vietnamese waterways, and naval aircraft of every type were operated from land bases and from carriers offshore, supported by Royal Australian Navy warships and carrier aircraft. The editor has provided a balanced and comprehensive view of US Navy activities with the support of lavish illustration in the form of stunning photographs, highly detailed maps and paintings. The war was in three parts for the US Navy, each part was essential in support of the other parts. Ashore and on the river network large numbers of USMarines were deployed, together with a large riverine force that was equipped with fast patrol boats and specialist gunboats, with supporting 'mother' facilities afloat on pontoons and adapted ships. At sea, the US Navy maintained a large carrier force that was employed both on tactical bombing duties in South Vietnam in support of land forces and strategically over North Vietnam. This required a large task force structure of carriers with supporting warships and supply train. It also exposed a weakness in equipment and training due to the preoccupation of the Cod War in conflict with Soviet forces. This had resulted in aircraft being seen as missile carriers without guns and, consequently, a failure to train fighter pilots in dogfighting with smaller enemy aircraft, leading to the creation of the Top Gun school to retrain fighter pilots. The first two parts have received coverage at the time on television and in the press, and subsequently by historians and political analysts, but the third part has received almost no coverage. The third area was served by Naval Intelligence. In addition to the obvious photographic reconnaissance flights using carrier aircraft and some land-based patrol aircraft, 'spy' ships were used, with electronic warfare aircraft. This area has received good coverage in this book. The controversial nature of the Vietnam War, its place as the first real televised war, and the part played by protestors in undermining their own troops, has produced a vast amount of fog and confusion. This book provides a picture of how it was from a US Navy perspective which makes it a very important study that should appeal way beyond naval history enthusiasts, professionals and military buffs.