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Vietnam Gun Trucks (New Vanguard) Paperback – September 20, 2011
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The descriptions of the gun trucks and there usage by all facets of the military was interesting.
I think additional color plates of gun trucks would have been a nice addition.
I have gotten James Lyles series on gun trucks which is of great assistance because James main focus is the pictures available of gun trucks and the crews that served.
Illustrations are good and colour plates are very honest but the real interest of this book resides in the text. Author clearly knows the subject and gives us a lot if useful and interesting info, beginning with the whole organisation of truck convoys system in Vietnam War - that helps the reader to better understand what was the role of gun trucks and the logic behind the tactic of their operaitonal use. We move then to the recruitement and organisation of crews of gun trucks, before getting to the construction of those improvised vehicles and the equipement and weaponry they used. Tactics are explained only once we got a better understanding of previous points and then we go the names (believe me, you will have a ball reading that point), paintings and lore of gun trucks. The whole organisation of the book is very good - it is in form of a logical progression in the learning processus.
As all Osprey New Vanguard books it is a short thing (48 pages) therefore, even if it is a very, very good thing, this book can not be very comprehensive. More pictures (including in colour) can be found in "Gun Trucks" by Timothy J. Kutta, published by Squadron/Signal in their very good Vietnam War Studies series and also in "Gun trucks: a visual history" by David Doyle. There is also the "Gun Trucks In Vietnam : Have Guns - Will Travel", an 86 pager by James Lyles, and it s follow up, "Gun Trucks: the Hard Ride" (63 pages) but those things are extremely expensive.
Bottom line, this is a very, very good, instructive and useful little book. I am very glad that I bought it and I recommend it with enthusiasm. ENJOY!
These vehicles were primitive at first, utilizing sandbags and prefab metal shielding for protection while using a few light machineguns for firepower. These would be exchanged for armor plating and a variety of weapons. Gun crews also painted nicknames and artwork on their gun trucks.
This is a great book, even though it's a bit of a slim volume. It includes original artwork and period photos as well useful lists such as names of known gun trucks used in Vietnam. The author discusses the evolution of the weapons, the units which employed them and many other interesting bits of information. The only thing that annoyed me was his references to "artillery air defense" units and weapons. The correct designation is Air Defense Artillery, which became a seperate branch during the Vietnam War. As an old ADA missile officer myself I found it a little grating although I knew what he meant.
GORDON L. ROTTMAN
OSPREY PUBLICATIONS, 2011
QUALITY SOFTCOVER, $17.95, 48 PAGES, PHOTOGRAPHS, CHARTS, ILLUSTRATIONS, BIBLIOGRAPHY, INDEX
Early U.S. convoys in South Vietnam had modest security, although heavy vegetation that ran along most roads in Vietnam invited ambushes. On September 2, 1967, a convoy of almost 40 vehicles from the 8th Transportation Group was returning from Pleiku. By the time it reached An Khe Pass, the convoy was split because of mechanical problems with a fuel tanker. It was almost dark when the lead gun jeep was ambushed. Simultaneously, the rear half of the convoy was attacked and the rumbling fuel tanker began to burn. Many of the soldiers were unprepared and were caught by surprise. Before this ambush, enemy attacks on U.S. convoys had been minimal and limited to sniper attacks. This was the first major ambush of an American convoy and it changed the nature of logistics operations for the rest of the war.
Initially, mounted machine guns were placed on 2 1/2-ton cargo trucks. Some of the motor transport companies, under the group's executive officer, constructed sandbag-filled boxes in the back of the cargo trucks to protect the M-60 machine gun and gunner. However, the rain-soaked sandbags proved too cumbersome for the vehicles and the drivers began to use steel plates to reinforce their vehicles. Pre-cut steel plate armor kits designed in the U.S. also were fielded for the vehicles. The group commander also decided to increase the number of gun trucks from 1 to 3 per 30 Trucks in a convoy. The improved gun trucks began to incorporate a second machine gun for added firepower.Read more ›
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enjoyed the book as I do a lot of reading about the Vietnam war. I am a viet nam vetPublished on May 26, 2014 by William L. Gale
Wonderful book of this type of gun truck. Our grandson saw it on line and really enjoyed seeing an excerpt from it. So we ordered it for him for ChristmasPublished on December 12, 2013 by JAMES A MURPHY
i was a gun trucker in viet nam and just loved this book, it brought back many memories. it was done very wellPublished on January 12, 2013 by dave cannuli