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Marines in Hue City: A Portrait of Urban Combat, Tet 1968 Hardcover – February 15, 2007

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Leatherneck, June 2007

“As military historians go, Hammel stands among the very best. His 30-plus volumes dutifully record great Marine battle epics … In reading Marines in Hue City, Marine veterans of the battles of Fallujah, and other Iraq city fighting, will relate through the photographs included in this coffee-table-sized volume … Hammel does an outstanding job of combining the account of the battle with a bevy of new, never-before-published photographic images.”



Military Book Club, April 2007

“This spectacular book is the first of its kind – an illustrated history of the fierce fight on the streets of Hue which contains over 200 amazing images! Marines in Hue City covers all phases of the battle, from the opening shots and the Marines’ arrival to the ‘six-block war’ and the seizure of the Citadel ... The real diehard MBC members will quickly take note of the detailed city maps of downtown Hue and the Citadel which provide overall context of the battle, and allows them to connect the book’s images with the battle zone. And in addition to describing all the tactics and weaponry used by the Marines, author Eric Hammel provides an extraordinarily detailed caption for every picture. Marines in Hue City is a multi-layered experience every ’Nam buff out there will appreciate.”



The VVA Veteran, May/June 2007

“[Marines in Hue City] tells the story of the four-week Battle of Hue with concise prose and many strongly evocative photographs. Many are official USMC photos; others are never-before-published pictures taken by individual Marines. It all adds up to an excellent account of one of the Vietnam War’s most pivotal battles.”

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This photographic history chronicles one of the most important campaigns of the Vietnam War—the savage battle to retake Hue, the former imperial capital, after the Tet Offensive of January 31, 1968. Photographs follow the Marines of Task Force X-Ray as, for four excruciating weeks, they fight house to house and street by street to retake the city so central to the Vietnamese culture and psyche.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Zenith Press; 1st edition (February 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760325219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760325216
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Charles Meadows on March 8, 2007
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This is the most comprehensive photo portrait of the Battle for Hue City in print; with an accurate description in words of the conflict. All veterans of this Tet 1968 battle should have a copy as well as any library that covers military history.
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Having been in Hue in early January 1968, the subject book clearly displays the devastation that occurred in February and March 68. This book is best read after reading Hamel's companion book, Fire In The Streets. The pictures complete the story.
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MARINES IN HUE CITY is an outstanding book and with its many detailed photos gives the reader a never before seen insight in the brutal battle of the city of Hue in 1968.

This book provides the reader with a detailed pictorial history of the Marines who took part in the fighting. Almost like a diary of war. With its many explanations and maps this book take the reader to a excellent level of history and knowledge. I does not only tell the story of the Marines in picutes but also the story of the men behind the camera.

The book contain not only pictures and the story of the battle but also a detailed background of the part of Viet Nam war that lead up to the battle and the Tet offensive.

Sometimes you can almost feel the battle seen through the camera lens. Short seconds of life and death captured in a frozen moment for the rest of us to watch for ever. To learn and not to forget.
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I had received this book as a gift. The account of my brother's death in the Battle of Hue is in the book - so his company commanding officer who retrieved his body sent me a copy (Retired Colonel Charles Meadows). He had submitted much of the info and photos and is acknowledged at beginning of the book by the author. I showed the book to some other "Marine Brothers" of my brother's Marine company (Golf Company 2/5) and some of them recognized photos or photos of themselves. I ordered this and more copies to mark and give to family and friends. The same author included the account of my brother's death and the ambush he was killed in in his other book "Fire in the Streets - The Battle for Hue Tet 1968". I am a proud sister of PFC Gerald C. Kinny, machine gunner for Golf Company 2nd Battalion 5th Marines killed in action January 31, 1968 at the Citadel gate first day into Hue.
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The battle of Hue in 1968 was one of the largest, bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War as well as the largest urban fighting during the war. This book provides a good summary of the battle, but what makes it unique is it's main focus showing photos of Hue in 1968 and Hue in the current time. I would recommend this to anyone interested in the Vietnam War.
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Very good book about Hue. Hammel tells a meaningful story. Photos are remarkable. Good delivery from a responsible used book retailer. Thanks.
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Got to see photos of some of my old comrades in arms...all of them more than just etched names on "The Wall".
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