Ship Craft series books are always a visual treat and contain many rare or specially commissioned images. The primary target readership are modellers but these books contain many important images that simply do not appear in military histories. – Most Highly Recommended
NAME: Ship Craft 26, Riverine Craft of the Vietnam Wars FILE: R3294 AUTHOR: Roger Branfill-Cook PUBLISHER: Seaforth Publishing, Pen and Sword BINDING: soft back PRICE: £14.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: riverine craft, rive gunboats, monitors, troop carriers, patrol boats, landing craft, barges, gun platforms, intelligence gathering, convoy escort, special forces, landing troops, cargoes, small gunboats, motor boats ISBN: 978-1-5267-4906-2 PAGES: 64, a wealth of photographic images, many in full colour, through the body of the book IMAGE: B3294.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y63b4bq7 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: Ship Craft series books are always a visual treat and contain many rare or specially commissioned images. The primary target readership are modellers but these books contain many important images that simply do not appear in military histories. – Most Highly Recommended
The Vietnam Wars that followed WWII were bitterly fought and started with insurgents and infiltrators making use of the many waterways of Vietnam. After the end of WWII the Vietnamese were not keenly interested in seeing rule pass back to their former French colonial masters, but there were several rival factions, each with a differing agenda and formed into broad camps, one sponsored and encouraged by the Soviet Union and China as a hot part of the Cold War.
The French struggled to gain and hold ascendancy, with the Communist insurgents growing in numbers until they were able to take on French troops in traditional formal battles. France was forced to surrender but Vietnam was partitioned in much the same way as Korea had been.
As the Americans were sucked in to assist the South Vietnamese, who had no desire to be ruled from the North, they followed a very similar path to that which led to the earlier French defeat and ejection. As more American troops and military assets were inserted, the North Vietnamese managed to survive the huge American advantages in firepower and started feeding in North Vietnamese troops with armour and heavy weapons. US defeat became inevitable.
This book looks at the wide array of riverine craft deployed to South Vietnam in an attempt to gain and hold control of the vital waterways. It does this from the viewpoint of the modeller but contains so much information the book will appeal to a wide audience of military history and technology enthusiasts. In addition to all the background information and archive photographs, the available model kits are reviewed and presented together with the components and skills that can turn an interesting model into an exhibition class masterpiece.