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The Battle at Ngok Tavak: Allied Valor and Defeat in Vietnam (Modern Southeast Asia Series) Paperback – April 15, 2009
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"Davies has brought the ferocity of this battle to life, but in a manner in which we eventually stop and realise the absolute futility of war and the awesome price that is paid for it." -- Gary McKay "Queensland (Australia) Courier Mail"
"Through his impressive research, the author utilizes Ngok Tavak to lay bare the strengths and weaknesses of both free world and communist forces during this phase of the Vietnam War." -- Andrew Wiest, author of Vietnam's Forgotten Army: Heroism and Betrayal in the ARVN "Andrew Wiest, author of Vietnam's Forgotten Army: Heroism and Betrayal in the ARVN"
Davies has brought the ferocity of this battle to life, but in a manner in which we eventually stop and realise the absolute futility of war and the awesome price that is paid for it. -- Gary McKay "Queensland (Australia) Courier Mail"
From the Inside Flap
In May 1968, in the western jungle of Vietnam near Laos, a Special Forces Company under the command of an Australian army captain, supported by a U.S. Marine artillery detachment, occupied an old French fort on a hill known as Ngok Tavak.
Though the ensuing battle and subsequent retreat appeared relatively insignificant, they proved to have much wider implications. Nearly every major force in South Vietnam--the ARVN, CIDG forces, Australian forces, U.S. Army advisors, U.S. Marines, the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong--was involved, and the battle's bloody ending came to stand as a microcosm of what went wrong in the war. In its wake Ngok Tavak left issues that cried out for resolution for decades afterwards. Some American bodies were left where they had fallen during the battle, and another American, the nephew of Katharine Hepburn, went missing.
After speaking extensively with battle survivors and American soldiers' loved ones, and searching through accounts from official reports that included Vietnamese documents, eyewitness statements, and war diaries, Bruce Davies pieces together the evidence that puts Ngok Tavak in its larger context and helps address questions that still haunt those involved.
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More historical than a novel however having some infromation on the battle allowed me to enjoy the book
Lance Corporal Tim Brown is quoted on numerous occasions throughout the book, with much discussion of his efforts to organize body recovery efforts of his comrades after the war. Brown wasn't even present during the battle. He seems to be a person in search of a cause. And this book seems to be in search of a unifying storyline