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Grab Their Belts to Fight Them: The Viet Cong's Big-Unit War Against the U.S., 1965-1966 Kindle Edition
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Wilkins makes excellent use of recently revealed documents and journal articles that depict, in great detail, the political manueverings in Hanoi and the debates within the politburo over domestic and international policy and possible strategies to defeat the US before a larger commitment was made and thereby cause the collapse of the Saigon government. This information sheds new light on communist motives and deflates the old myth of solidarity in the North Vietnamese political and military command structure.
The author gives a thorough description of the creation and background of the NLF units, thier commanders, armament, and experience. He then proceeds to depict operations conducted by them against various American units in diverse locations (from the Ia Drang Valley to Masher-White Wing to III Corps). As might be expected, the NLF (basically a light infantry force) did not fare well against heavily applied American organic firepower and air support.
This work is well researched, heavily detailed, and well written. Having met Warren at the AUSA shindig in DC, I found him to be an intelligent and committed young man who will undoubtedly continue to contribute to a fuller understanding of the war in Southeast Asia. I can hardly wait for his new work on the battle of Dak To.
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This book is an excellent help to our understanding the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese strategy in the early part of the American war in South Vietnam. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gregory H Murry
This book is seriously flawed. The author ignores some very important details:
-The role of the political officers in the hierarchy of the Viet Cong and the NVA. Read more
Rare insight into the strategy and thinking of the North Vietnamese policy makers and military commanders; also for their fears of what the U.S. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Charles Roberts
An interesting book that gave reasoning from the PAVN/VC side of certain battles. I was looking for just that information when I bought the book and was satisfied that it was what... Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by Al J. Conetto
This book is good, but a little hard to get into. It is of an era where my husband served and I bought it for him. He picks it up and reads a little at a time.Published on October 6, 2013 by Jane
Mr. Wilkins has done Vietnam historians a great favor...by doing his research on manuscripts and other resources in the Vietnamese language, he has ferreted out many things that... Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by Robert H. Sholly
The book is a bit light on examples from the communist side. What is here is good though and it shows that the US was inflicting tremendous casualties on the communist units. Read morePublished on February 10, 2013 by Mad Russian