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Phase Line Green: The Battle for Hue, 1968

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The bloody monthlong battle for the Citadel in Hue pitted U.S. Marines against an entrenched North Vietnamese Army force. By official accounts it was a tactical and moral victory for the Marines and the United States. But here survivor Nicholas Warr describes with urgency and outrage the Marines' savage house-to-house fighting--ordered without air, naval, or artillery supp ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Ballantine Books
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Gavin
Oct 10, 2007 Gavin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: warriors!
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The author was a Marine platoon leader (1 Marine squad = 13 men; a platoon = several squads ) who wrote this book because his therapist recommended it as a way to extirpate the demons of war which the author believes ruined his marriages and his life for decades. The book is about the battle to retake the once beautiful, former capital of Vietnam: Hue. It was siezed in the Tet offensive of 1968 by the NVA (North Vietnamese Army) from the weak ARVN (Army of the Republic of Viet Nam) forces guardi ...more
Jack
Jul 31, 2008 Jack rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in military history or the Vietnam war
Recommended to Jack by: can't remember
This is the gripping true story of a Marine grunt platoon commander whose platoon was cut to pieces during the Battle of Hue in 1968. It's not a happy story.

The reason this book had an impact on me on a personal level is because it's a look down a "road not taken" for me. My life has some interesting parallels to Mr. Warr. I grew up in Oregon and then my family moved to Utah where I attended BYU after graduating from high school. I went on a two year LDS church mission, and then was drafted int
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Bruinrefugee
Feb 15, 2016 Bruinrefugee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a strong, personal sharing of the savage fighting in the ancient Vietnamese city of Hue following the Tet Offensive in '68. It is an unsparing account; tragedy occurs right and left, some avoidable, some not, the line between the two always uncertain. An important view of action up close with all the rawness.
Pete
Dec 19, 2014 Pete rated it really liked it
This is one of the few books I have read on the Vietnam War, and it was excellent. This first hand account of the battle was riveting. I think most people don't think of urban warfare during Vietnam, but the Battle of Hue featured constant house to house fighting and was very reminiscent of the modern Battle of Fallujah in Iraq.
Seth
Jan 02, 2008 Seth rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: military history people
Shelves: vietnam, memoir
Brutal street by street account of a Marine Corps Lieutenant during the battle for the Imperial City of Hue in South Vietnam, 1968.
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