- Hardcover: 238 pages
- Publisher: Texas A&M University Press; 1st edition (December 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0890966656
- ISBN-13: 978-0890966655
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,717,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Very Short War: The Mayaguez and the Battle of Koh Tang [Texas A & M University Military History] Hardcover – December, 1995
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2014 Update -- Investigations in 2014 by the Vietnamese press show that 513 Vietnamese civilians captured by Khmer Rouge naval forces on islands near Phu Quoc in early May 1975 were taken to Tang Island were they were eventually killed. Documentary evidence of Chinese advisors having been posted on the island was also discovered. A 2009 memoir by PAVN General Pham Van Tra details PAVN action, which he commanded, that re-took the islands and captured 800 KR naval personnel in the process. A separate memoir by a former Vietnamese ambassador to Phnom Penh details late 1975 negotiations between Nguyen Van Linh (Muoi Cuc) and Nuon Chea for an exchange of the 513 civilians for the KR prisoners taken by Vietnam. Vietnam returned the captured Khmer Rouge soldiers, but the Khmer Rouge failed to keep their end of the deal, and the 513 died on Koh Tang.
Besides the all-too-appropriate title, one of the things you'll like about this book is Guilmartin's collection of time/date-sensitive maps that do an exceptional job bringing a complex operation into sharp focus.
A few words about the author, John Guilmartin. He is a been-there-and-done-it kinda guy. An Air Force Academy grad, he flew HH-53s with the Jolly Green Giants. He is also a fine scholar, having taught at the university level since retiring from the Air Force. He now graces the halls of West Point's history department where I hope his students are paying strict attention. 'Much to learn, they have!'
--Ejner Fulsang, author of "A Knavish Piece of Work," Aarhus Publishing