Khe Sanh: Siege in the Clouds, An Oral History

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From critcally acclaimed military historian Eric Hammel comes a vivid oral history account of the Tet 1968 siege of the Khe Sanh Combat Base. The words of American fighting men caught up in the grueling, deadly seventy-seven-day ordeal create a harrowing tapestry of tragedy and triumph. As two North Vietnamese Army divisions move to surround them, the vastly outnumbered U.S. Marines rush to strengthen their defenses at the isolated base and several nearby hilltop positions. The Communist forces repeatedly attack, are repeatedly repelled, and then dig in to take the American base by siege-the makings of a classic, modern "set-piece" strategy in which the defenders become bait to tie the attackers to fixed positions in which they can be pummeled and pulverized by American artillery and air support. Khe Sanh: Siege in the Clouds is a ground-breaking step forward in the oral history genre. This gripping-and moving-narrative flows from the masterfully woven threads provided by nearly a hundred men who gallantly endured the wrenching all-out struggle to hold the combat base and its vulnerable outlying positions.

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Early in 1968, the North Vietnamese began an artillery barrage that continued for several weeks of Khe Sanh Combat Base in the northwest corner of South Vietnam. Observers speculated that the siege might turn into "another Dienbienphu," but the defenders pulled out in April after suffering heavy casualties, and only the most hard-headed student of the affair calls it anything but a Communist victory. The story of the thankless siege is told in this vivid oral history by nearly 100 articulate survivors, mostly U.S. Marines, who convey the frustration experienced by men trained for aggressive mobile warfare, forced for the most part to huddle inside a crowded perimeter. The siege of Khe Sanh was a bad scene all around, typified by the ambush/massacre on February 25 of a platoon-size Marine patrol just outside the perimeter and the refusal of higher command to intervene for fear the rescuers would be lost as well. Hammel is a military historian. Photos.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The 77-day siege of Khe Sanh, where U.S. Marines were surrounded and shelled by much larger enemy forces, has become one of the most controversial battles of the Vietnam War. Military historian Hammel provides another dimension with this chronological collection of brief "oral history" accounts by Marines who were there. Arranged day-by-day, these short pieces read like diary entries but by different authors, a technique which soon fragments into a muddled sequence of events, making it difficult to follow the battle narrative. Nonetheless, the gritty recollections of the Marines themselves vividly re-create the atmosphere of desperation and courage and give a chilling sense of what combat was really like. This effectively complements Robert Pisor's definitive documentary, The End of the Line: The Siege of Khe Sanh (LJ 6/15/82). Recommended for academic libraries and subject collections.
- Richard W. Grefrath, Univ. of Nevada Lib., Reno
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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