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We Were Soldiers Once... and Young by Harold G. Moore
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Oct 07, 11

bookshelves: first-time-reading-author, historical-war, memoir-autobiography, read-in-2011
Read in October, 2011

1st battalion, 7th cavalry’s (led by Harold Moore) outnumbered battles in ia drang valley at LZ X-Ray in South Vietnam in November 1965 vs. the NVA and Viet Cong

2nd battalion, 7th cavalry’s (led by Bob McDade) outnumbered battles in ia drang valley LZ Albany in South Vietnam in November 1965 vs. the NVA and Viet Cong

New doctrines of air cavalry/helicopter mobility

This book touches briefly on poor decision making from LBJ that prevented unit cohesion and keeping experienced troops together by releasing troops after end of their tour, as well as some strategic issues with regards to rules of engagement in Cambodia (which NVA used as a base/travel area), or the failure to bring the attack/war into North Vietnam

This book also generally treats the NVA and Viet Cong as more organized/competent than the typical Hollywood movie, and definitely motivated me to learn more about the war.

The book also further emphasizes how close the end result of the LZ X-Ray and LZ Albany battles really were, and perhaps credits the importance of American long range artillery, aerial bombing and helicopter attacks more than the movie does.

The end coda with reminiscences from next of kin of many of the deceased makes for some profoundly sad reading and really brings home the awful nature of war and it’s effects on families
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