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Blood Trails: The Combat Diary of a Foot Soldier in Vietnam

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Chris Ronnau volunteered for the Army and was sent to Vietnam in January 1967, armed with an M-14 rifle and American Express traveler’s checks. But the latter soon proved particularly pointless as the private first class found himself in the thick of two pivotal, fiercely fought Big Red One operations, going head-to-head against crack Viet cong and NVA troop
ebook, 320 pages
Published December 18th 2008 by Presidio Press (first published 2008)
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John Podlaski
I ended up purchasing a copy of Blood Trails from Amazon.UK because I wanted to establish an account on that side of the world. But I couldn't wait for it to arrive, so I purchased a Kindle e-book version too and began reading it immediately. Like Chris, I also kept a diary when in Vietnam and referred to it when writing my own novel.

I truly loved Blood Trails and could relate to many of the anecdotes within the story. My outfit, the 25th Division, also patrolled around Tay Ninh and Cambodia and
Blood Trails, Christopher Ronnau's Diary from his deployment in Vietnam. This book will take you through how Christopher, who was a common foot soldier, thought and felt about the war. It doesn't compare to the amount of detail that other Vietnam War books but his being vague does not ruin the book, it adds more to the feeling of the book. Through his vagueness you see the psychological barrier that is put up to protect himself, and experience his personality.

Christopher take you through many of
Dec 01, 2011 Tony rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: school
Blood Trails is an intriguing dairy of a US Army foot soldier in Vietnam. The dairy is a non-fiction piece of writing written by the author during his tour in the Vietnam War. His accounts of the Vietnam war are not as graphic or intense as other books such as The Short-Timers or Fields of Fire, which are vaguely non-fiction accounts of the war, but Blood Trials does give us a very real perspective on the everyday life of a grunt in Vietnam.

Though the descriptive language in Blood Trails is not
Steve Woods
This is a very simply written account of one soldier's tour in Vietnam. He clearly kept detailed diaries, would that we all hadh ad the presence of mind. He tell it the way he experienced it and makes no pretensions about the account being any more than just that, his own personal account. It is written with dry humour so common to soldiers and has the ring of truth. I really enjoyed it often coming across observations he made while in Vietnam that I too made, as I am sure did thousands of other ...more
Sep 10, 2013 Xon rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: war
It seems that I am always picking up books on the major battles, the war heroes, or significant events that change history. This book had none of that, but I liked it just as much if not more. I imagine that this was the Vietnam War for the majority of soldiers who fought on the ground. A diary of boredom, confusion, fear, and the war's everyday mundane events. The pace is slow, but I imagine that accurately reflects how slow the 365 day countdown was. My overall perspective of Vietnam grew trem ...more
Well written - I found it hard to put down
This is based on the author's journal as an infantryman in the Vietnam War. Though the title and cover, may lead you to believe this is some kind of macho RAMBO story for teenage boys, it is a thoughtful and realistic depiction of daily life in Vietnam. I could often feel the author's boredom, anticipation, fear, frustration, and sorrow throughout the book. I would certainly rank this amongst other war classics such as "All's Quiet On The Western Front", "Red Badge Of Courage", "Jonny Got His Gu ...more
I loved this book
Anatoly v01
Воспоминания обычного солдата о войне. Совсем обычного.
Не переворачивает представления о Вьетнаме, не шокирует, ничего такого, но написано хорошо.
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