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  • Producers: Traditions Military Videos at www.MilitaryVideo.com
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Traditions Military Videos
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001FRCUUA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,344 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This video documents activities of the 196th LIB during the Vietnam War. Includes river patrols, search and destroyer missions, a visit by General Westmoreland and much more. The 196th Light Infantry Brigade was raised again at Fort Devens, MA in September 1965 and originally scheduled to be sent to the Dominican Republic in mid-1966, but was rushed to Vietnam instead and posted in the western portion of the III Corps Tactical Zone. It initiated Operation Attleboro into War Zone C of Tay Ninh Province, which developed into a major action after a large enemy base camp was uncovered, 19 October 1966. In April 1967 the brigade was selected, along with the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division and the 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, to form a provisional division-sized unit called Task Force OREGON and moved to the I Corps Tactical Zone. The brigade stayed with this command, which was converted into the 23d Infantry Division (AMERICAL) 25 September 1967. The 196th Light Infantry Brigade officially joined this division, 15 February 1969. It operated throughout northern Vietnam, and after the division closed out of Vietnam, 29 November 1971, the 196th Light Infantry Brigade was reconstituted as a separate (provisional) brigade-sized element to safeguard the same area of operations. In April 1971 the brigade was relocated to Da Nang for major port security duties. It finally departed Vietnam as the last U.S. Army combat brigade to leave in Increment XII of the U.S. Army withdrawal.

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The 196th LIB has a proud history, both in its pre-Vietnam history and its action in the war for Vietnam. This video is a simplistic compilation of the role of the 196th LIB and its contributions to the war in Vietnam. It appears that the director simply took film clips where the unit insignia is visible on the uniforms of the soldiers and stitched them together to present a rather stilted, incongruous look at the 196th LIB's early days in Vietnam. There was no film of the 196th LIB's participation in the last stages of the war in Vietnam, particularly the 196th LIB's status as the last infantry unit of the USA's leaving Vietnam to re-deploy back to The World in June of 1972. That latter historical fact represents an event in which all of the veterans of the 196th LIB take great, justifiable pride. Generally, the film presents the footage used in its original form, leading to, as expected, somewhat grainy, jerky depictions in some areas. There has been no effort to use modern techniques to eliminate some of the flaws that occurred as a result of the passage of time and the more limited state of the art when shot. That is only nitpicking, however. The film presents an historically accurate version of the events of the time-frame in which it occurred.
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