The Images of War series is one of the most successful products in military history publishing with this addition to the series following that very popular format to the highest standards. By combining low cost with outstanding images and excellent concise text this photo-review of the USMC in Vietnam will be highly successful. – Very Highly Recommended.
NAME: Images of War, United States Marine Corps In Vietnam, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives FILE: R3165 AUTHOR: Michael Green PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: soft back PRICE: £15.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Vietnam War, Cold War, asymmetric warfare, USMC, US Marine Corps, Indo China, column warfare, vertical insertion, fire base, elite troops ISBN: 1-52675-123-2 PAGES: 205 IMAGE: B3165.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y8jnqb9x LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The Images of War series is one of the most successful products in military history publishing with this addition to the series following that very popular format to the highest standards. By combining low cost with outstanding images and excellent concise text this photo-review of the USMC in Vietnam will be highly successful. – Very Highly Recommended.
What makes the Images of War series so important is that it is of great value to the novice coming to learn of a period of military history through to the historian, professional and serious enthusiast. The cost of including the best selection of images in illustration of military history books frequently results in only a modest photo-plate section in the centre of the book. Even well illustrated books with images through the body of the book suffer because most images will be reproduced in small sizes, frequently as thumbnails. The IoW Series makes no compromise and features large images carefully produced. These are also rare images, many never having been reproduced before in military history books. The images are fully supported by introductory text and both captions and extended captions. This means that the novice can look at a clearly defined piece of military history, having very readable concise text to explain the period and its place in a wider history, captions that set the fine images, and images that capture the essence of the period covered. For those experienced readers familiar with the period, there is a rich collection of images to augment the text books in their libraries.
Vietnam was not their finest hour for the United States of America. It was largely asymmetric warfare against a committed and determined guerilla force, starting with the provision of instructors to the South Vietnamese military and then expanding by mission creep. Public opinion in the US was swung against the war by extreme left wing activists and their helpful fools. There was no clear mission profile and no clear exit strategy. By the time large formations of regular North Vietnamese troops were introduced, the US forces were in no position to use their technical and resource superiority to win the war with a humiliating flight from the battlefields.
Although the war itself was a major disaster for both the South Vietnamese and the US forces, the part played by the US Marine Corps was one of the brighter points in an otherwise dismal situation. The USMC did maintain its morale and was an effective fighting force, often let down by those units on their flanks. This book provides a clear description of the part they played in the conflict and the images provide a first class coverage of all of the key aspects of the USMC in battle.