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By Elise Forbes Tripp

ISBN-10: 1566568676

ISBN-13: 9781566568678

The U.S. is embroiled in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan—wars that appear as faraway from Americans’ knowing as they're far-off from our shores.

With American Veterans on warfare, Elise Forbes Tripp brings our present wars and their predecessors domestic within the phrases of fifty five veterans elderly 20 to ninety. The veterans increase questions on whilst wars are worthy battling, what missions can and can’t be gained, and the prices and advantages people intervention, either around the globe and locally. contemporary veterans inform wrenching tales of dealing with antagonistic forces with no uniforms, of no longer figuring out who's pal or foe, and of the lasting strains of wrestle as soon as they’ve back home.

American Veterans on battle offers a sweeping review of three-quarters of a century of yank wars, appropriately grounding that historical past within the phrases of the boys and ladies whose our bodies have been at the line.

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The VC was proving that they could inflict more casualties on government forces than they themselves suffered. The government’s superiority in heavy weapons, communications and transport allowed it to dominate the landscape during the day, unless the VC launched carefully planned ambushes at battalion and brigade levels. Otherwise the VC avoided contact. The government had no presence at night. The night was dominated by the enemy’s military operations. British Commonwealth forces (including those of Australia and New Zealand) had consistently outfought their enemies in the Emergency and Confrontation and had dominated the jungle in day and night operations.

Trucks provided a basic means of deploying combat elements, but they were confined to the province’s roads, which were occasionally subject to ambushes, roadblocks or mining. Road movement often required a major diversion of combat elements away from offensive operations towards the provision of route security so that road convoys could avoid these problems. APCs provided armoured protection, crosscountry capability and excellent communications for the infantry, all of which were invaluable when manoeuvring in close contact with the enemy.

These people supported VC/PAVN forces by political agitation, intelligence-gathering, recruiting and logistical support. In particular, they provided food and non-military stores and equipment to the enemy. 20 BALANCE OF CAPABILITY 13 In supporting the NLF, the VC/PAVN conducted military operations aimed primarily at attacking the South Vietnamese Government and its military arm, the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces (RVNAF), of which the ARVN was a major part. 21 In Phuoc Tuy province, they were initially no match for the highly motivated VC/PAVN.

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