Vietnam War With Walter Cronkite
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Basically there are several stories by reporters including a teenage looking dan rather. Walter cronkite is the host from a studio although he is on location sometimes...the stories are rarely seen footage...I've been watchign vietnam documentaries for years and until I saw this dvd I had never seen some of the footage shown...actual firefights and interviews with soldiers in the bush...its captivating....
I liked the story about the sequence with the vc sniper, also the rebellion by charlie company after the good lieut. leaves and is replaced by a more gung ho one...the company refuses to follow orders and go down a road because they know its set up for an ambush....great drama.
The story about the taking of a hill is another one....great footage and details about going up a hill and getting ambushed by snipers and then hit by their own artillery...
this DVD set is really well done and footage that you've rarely seen before....not in PBS, letters home from vietnam, or anything else....many hours of nam...you'll feel like you're actually in the bush for once...
So, in looking at this documentary on its own, I can say without hesitation that it was immensely entertaining and informative. What you are getting is about 12 hours of CBS news footage. Some of it has narration by Cronkite to bring the viewer into the scene and frame a specific topic or event, but the majority of footage is simply the news broadcasts of the day as they were shown back then. The set is divided into 11 different parts. These episodes follow a loose chronology beginning with The French falling at Dien Bien Phu and going all the way up to the fall of Saigon. However, the episodes are more thematic and therefore jump around in time.
The stories selected for the DVD are engrossing. I didn't find myself bored for one instant during the entire length of the documentary. I also appreciate the large amount of human interest stories included. Things might have gotten dull for me if they showed 12 hours of combat footage.Read more ›
I had read the Stars and Stripes version of what happened (I still have the article). It was a propaganda piece from the Army standpoint, this video was the same thing from a different perspective. Stars and Stripes was basically a story saying that the troops know what they are doing and won't accept faulty orders. This video presents the troops as more a group of kids in survivor mode and mostly against what they were doing. There were a lot of guys that fit that description (me included), but it is a generality and doesn't give the sense of commaraderie and sacrifice that existed. I walked point all the time and never questioned the guys behind me once. The camera crew stayed with the CP so they did not come out to the road until all the controversy was over. The pieced together a story that fit their perspective. Interestingly, the TV crew never mentioned the dog! I suspect it was because it didn't fit their story. We did know why they wanted us on that road. Battalion had ordered an arc light (B52 drop) and neglected to extract us.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As my husband's photo is one of the iconic photos that is streamed at the beginning of each of the videos in the series, it is a must have in current media for our family. Read morePublished 1 month ago by luv2read
Great information on the war. It covers the beginning to the end.Published 22 months ago by Donald Howell
These are real documentaries that are true. There are some of us that thought when Walter Cronkite made his statements about the Vietnam War it wasn't true. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Michael Schmidt
This is a thorough and objective overview of the Vietnam war. From the end of the French involvement to the fall of Saigon. It looks at the war from the U.S. Read morePublished on May 26, 2014 by Fletch
This is a great series. Before going to law school, I used it while teaching history and government in high school.Published on April 10, 2014 by Martin P. Hogan
This is a great video set. For anyone who watched CBS news during the Vietnam War it will bring back memories of seeing all the reporters like Ike Pappas, John Laurence, Morley... Read morePublished on November 30, 2013 by The Colonel