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House to House: Playing the Enemy's Game in Saigon, May 1968
Republic of Vietnam, May 1968: The battles of the Tet Offensive were over, and the Paris Peace Talks were about to begin. Yet, the battlefield situation remained tense. Shocked by the intensity and massive scale of the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong’s Tet Offensive, allied commanders kept waiting for the other shoe to drop in the aftermath of the lunar New Year’s ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 31st 2006 by Zenith Press
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Said it before and I'll say it again - Nolan is the premier Vietnam War historian. This work focuses on the engagements in the wake of Tet '68 - the so-called Mini-Tet. Although the National Liberation Front (i.e. Viet Cong) did not seriously hope to overthrow the regime in Saigon, as it had just a few months previously in the Tet Offensive, but it came dangerously close in some instances. Moreover, the NLF did succeed is reaping demoralizing chaos and destruction, and craftily baiting the U.S. ...more
Keith Nolan's House to House: Playing the Enemy's Game in Saigon, May 1968 is simply an extended combat narrative without historical perspective. It's a long catalogue of personal accounts of fighting in and around Saigon during the so-called mini-Tet offensive of May 1968. Many of the accounts are fascinating, brave and tenacious actions were commonplace, but the book lacks context. It doesn't cross my threshold into Three Star territory.