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Inside the LRRPs: Rangers in Vietnam by [Lanning, Michael Lee]
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Vietnam was a different kind of war, calling for a different kind of soldier. The LRRPs--Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols--were that new breed of fighting man. They operated in six-man teams deep within enemy territory, and were the eyes and ears of the units they served. This is their story--of perseverence under extreme hardship and uncommon bravery--and how they carried out the war's most hazardous missions.

About the Author

Michael Lee Lanning retired from the army as a lieutenant colonel after more than twenty years' service. During his assignment to Vietnam, he served as both an infantry platoon leader and a company commander in the 199th Infantry Brigade (Light). He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 389 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Presidio Press (July 20, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 20, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00589AYEK
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This book is a historical documentation of LRRP's from 1759 through Viet Nam. From Robert's Rangers to every conflict that they served it details their roles in recon including internal issues, training, and personnel involvement. Well written and above all interesting, it is a must read.
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I have read this book, and allthough it is not the best that I have read, I still enjoyed it very much. I don't know if Michael had a personnal expierence with the LRRP/RANGERS, but he still did an excellent job of depicting the things that many of our young RANGER boys went through. Roadrunner6 out
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To Michael Lee Lanning's credit he wrote one of the first detailed books on LRRP/Ranger operations in Vietnam and how they formally and informally fit into the overall U.S. Army Ranger concept. More so, he helped set the foundation for the many books that followed by adding some of the personal accounts of the LRRPs and Rangers and a number of their missions that brought their service to attention of the general public. Those of us who served as LRRP/Rangers during the war owe him a debt of gratitude. Thank you, sir and folks, to better understand any of the other LRRP/Ranger books start with this one.
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I was a US Army Ranger, tabbed in August 1967. An Infantry Platoon Leader in the 3rd Brigade of the 25th Division in January to April 1968. About April 1st my Company Commander told me the that the "25th Division Rangers" wanted for me to consider transferring to their command as the Company S-3 (Operations and Training Officer). I was also told by my CO that he wanted me to be his replacement as Company Commander of Bravo Company 3/22 when he was rotated home. I had three days to decide. On April 2nd, on patrol I was wounded by a grenade and sent back to the States for surgery and recovery.
I always regretted that I did not ask to visit the 25th Div Rangers to see everything that they were doing and find out why they needed a S-3.
This book answers both questions very well.
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Some reality, some stretching here and there. Overall a fair description of the LRRP RANGER. All LRRP Companies were not as equal as they are portrayed in this book. The whole tone was set by the commanding officer. It is true that we had no respect for authority unless it was earned!
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I was lucky enough to find this used for less than a dollar. What a deal. The book is brief but crammed with details, less on the personal accounts as a LRRP (author was a LRRP platoon leader himself, briefly) and more on technical stuff and hard facts. Really a good read and worth adding to any Vietnam or special operations-related book collection.
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"Inside the LRRPs: Rangers in Vietnam" should really be named "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about LRRPs." Author Michael Lee Lanning has done a tremendous amount of work in compiling this operational and background history of the Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol units that fought in the Vietnam War.

"Inside the LRRPs" covers every known detail that went into forming, training and operating these units during the Vietnam War years. The reading can be dry at points--the evolution of US Army Field Manual 31-18 over the years won't raise your heartbeat--but the author can only be commended for covering his subject thoroughly and providing every detail he possibly could.

Inevitably what would have revved up this book, and what's largely missing, are recollections from actual LRRPs themselves. To be clear, there are several stories throughout the book and a few vignettes at the beginning, but simply not enough to warrant the title of "Inside the LRRPs." Soldiers' tales told at the beginning of each chapter would have done much more to excite the reader, since that is what he/she was no doubt looking for when he picked up this book.

Lanning's book stands as an important contribution to the LRRP story and to the history of the Army Rangers of today, as it provides a structure of how these units were formed, how they trained and how they operated in Southeast Asia.
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The book is a well written account on human intelligence with many details about the matter of the recon.

In my point of view one of the most important issues was about the organization of the recon patrol. The author gives us several foundations for their theory of six men patrol. The most important is his own experience. However I think in two four men teams and eight men patrols

Another interesting point is about logistics, basically how many days a patrol could survive with the load they could carry on his shoulders. I agree with the autonomy of six days in the jungle. In extreme cold weather could be less.

Colonel Lanning describes us the profile of the men's suitable to be trained as LRRP operator. He is very objective because he tells us about some special operations soldiers tendency to the bravado

One of the most controversial chapters is about the love hate relation between SpecOps units and the conventional army. This chapter confirms that Conventional Military Culture is, in most cases, against the special operations units

The appendix with SOP is outdated in many aspects and is boring to read.

As a conclusion is a valuable book with many experiences of a 50 years old war, but valuable today, because the technology, weapons and other gadgetry could change, but the men who fought wars no
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