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We Few: U.S. Special Forces in Vietnam Kindle Edition
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In 1970, on his second tour to Vietnam, Nick Brokhausen served in Recon Team Habu, CCN. Officially, it was known as the Studies and Observations group. In fact, this Special Forces squad, which Brokhausen calls “an unwashed, profane, ribald, joyously alive fraternity,” undertook some of the most dangerous and suicidal reconnaissance missions ever in the enemy-controlled territory of Cambodia and Laos. But they didn’t infiltrate the jungles alone. They fought alongside the Montagnards—oppressed minorities from the mountain highlands, trained by the US military in guerilla tactics, armed, accustomed to the wild, and fully engaged in a war against the North Vietnamese. Together this small unit formed the backbone of ground reconnaissance in the Republic of Vietnam, racking up medals for valor—but at a terrible cost.
“In colorful, military-jargon-laced prose leavened by gallows humor, Brokhausen pulls few punches describing what it was like to navigate remote jungle terrain under the constant threat of enemy fire. A smartly written, insider’s view of one rarely seen Vietnam War battleground.” —Booklist
“[An] exceptionally raw look at the Vietnam War just at the apex of its unpopularity. . . . This battle-scarred memoir is an excellent tribute to the generation that fought, laughed, and died in Southeast Asia.” —New York Journal of Books
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“Brokhausen mixes irreverence, perversity, and sarcasm with touches of gonzo journalism to recreate his 1970 tour with the Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observations Group… Brokhausen draws convincing pictures of his fellow Green Berets’ combat skills and idiosyncrasies and the areas in which they operated. He taught me lessons about Special Forces tactics and weapons—more than I learned from Ken Burns’ television saga on Vietnam, which I never finished watching.”
Vietnam Veterans of America
“Brokhausen interconnects anecdotal accounts of small-unit tactical engagements to provide an overview of the challenges, opportunities and risks associated with support from Joint Forces capabilities during the Vietnam War. He transmits details that activate each human sense through an imaginative response to the reproduction of a mission… We Few, U.S. Special Forces in Vietnam is a recommended read for small-unit leaders and others seeking a short but entertaining non-fictional book”
“Nick Brockhausen’s memoir We Few: U.S. Special Forces in Vietnam recounts his days as a member of the US Special Forces during the Vietnam War. Brockhausen served in reconnaissance, formally known as Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV-SOG)… he describes all sorts of mischief he and his brothers-in-arms used in between battles, when they just sat waiting for their next mission.”
Tulsa Book Review
“Brokhausen’s personal account is gritty, harrowing, descriptive, and full of detail… His account is full of visceral accounts of battle, soldierly descriptions of fellow warriors, and other tales both mundane and exceptional. The various missions described are full of the sort of military detail and and recall expected of a reconnaissance operator, giving a vivid impression of the activities of the author’s unit. The everyday prose flows naturally and draws the reader into the narrative.”
Christopher Miskimon, Military Heritage
“We Few pulls no punches. This book endlessly recounts the wanton thievery that Special Forces men routinely engaged in, their predilection for random acts of violence, and their many dust-ups with REMF authority. Brokhausen is as hard-boiled as they come, but this book is also replete with plenty of humor, even if it is obsidian black… an excellent and exceptionally raw look at the Vietnam War just at the apex of its unpopularity… this battle-scarred memoir is an excellent tribute to the generation that fought, laughed, and died in Southeast Asia.”
New York Journal of Books
“…one of the best books describing the SOG experience”
“I can see why this book soon became a cult classic on its first publication ten years ago - it is essential reading, and spectacularly well written and quite riveting, for anyone with an interest in the conflict that defined modern-day America.”
Special Forces veteran Brokhausen starts this memoir with the remembrance of a dream. He’s on a fishing trip with his brother, who turns toward him, sobbing, and reaches for him. But it’s not his brother; it’s a Viet Cong soldier Brokhausen killed, cleaving his skull in half with a trenching tool. “I took his future,” the author muses, and the dream ends. The prose is clunky at times, and the mentality of the soldiers can be sophomoric, but niceties of style are beside the point here because Brokhausen writes painfully and truthfully of the realities of war. The combat scenes are wrenching; the constant drinking, thieving, and fighting is disturbing. One passage describes how Special Forces troops would borrow from new recruits, figuring that when payback time came at the end of the month, there was a 50 percent chance the soldier who loaned the money would be dead and the borrower would get off free. Throughout this personal narrative, Brokhausen shows the harrowing state of mind that exists when walking outside means putting one’s life at risk. VERDICT Gritty and real. For all readers interested in war memoirs.
David Keymer, Library Journal 4/1/2018
“The book captures a lot of profanity and bluster by Special Forces, recording their foibles and drinking habits and occasional raids looking for bad guys and rescuing downed pilots… It’s good stuff.”
ARMY June 2018
“Some of the action accounts have you holding your breath in anticipation of the ending.”
"Nick Brokhausen approaches his very personal history of duty in Vietnam like Hunter S. Thompson described a journey to Las Vegas; he takes no prisoners and no one is left off the hook, except perhaps his "unwashed, profane, ribald, joyously alive" brothers in arms. Brokhausen explains that writing this book was a catharsis and, more importantly a tribute to those with whom he served and those lost during these missions. Among SOG veterans, his harrowingly accurate descriptions of tghe missions are jokingly called "most likely to cause a PTSD relapse."
On Point: The Journal of Army History --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07CMHKC5Q
- Publisher : Casemate Publishers (April 3, 2018)
- Publication date : April 3, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2978 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 299 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #47,368 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Too bad...the author could have made a real contribution to military history.....but lost it with his... BS!
Imagine having being dropped into an LZ and expending all your ammunition in a few minutes and praying that the extraction will be successful, or that your team is inserted into an area with an overwhelming enemy force and you are expected to gather intelligence and safely make it home to base.
This book is an insight to the lives of the MACV-SOG recon teams written by one of many who lived it. I have read some reviews that challenge the account. I highly doubt those who wrote them actually lived this, nor would have the cajones to even try.
A VERY good read.
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Pure action coupled with Forces humour And tragedy.
A must read , I thought it terrific.
Thank you for your frank account, Mr Brokhausen, and thank you for your service.