10,000 Days of Thunder. A History of the Vietnam War by Philip Caputo

By Philip Caputo

It used to be the battle that lasted 10000 days. The conflict that encouraged ratings of songs. The warfare that sparked dozens of riots. And during this stirring chronicle, Pulitzer Prize- profitable journalist Philip Caputo writes approximately our country's so much arguable conflict -- the Vietnam conflict -- for younger readers. From the 1st stirrings of unrest in Vietnam lower than French colonial rule, to American intervention, to the conflict at Hamburger Hill, to the Tet Offensive, to the autumn of Saigon, 10,000 Days of Thunder explores the struggle that modified the lives of a iteration of american citizens and that also reverberates with us this day.

Included inside 10,000 Days of Thunder are own anecdotes from squaddies and civilians, in addition to profiles and money owed of the activities of many old luminaries, either American and Vietnamese, all for the Vietnam battle, equivalent to Richard M. Nixon, common William C. Westmoreland, Ho Chi Minh, Joe Galloway, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lyndon B. Johnson, and...

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So we sterilized them [using] alcohol. We sewed up the punctures in his intestines and stitched up his abdomen with nylon threads taken from enemy parachutes. ” A Viet Cong soldier in a tunnel. THE ADVISORS’ WAR/MAAG The independent nation of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) was created on October 26, 1955. S. Military Assistance Advisory Group Vietnam (MAAG, Vietnam) was formed. Its mission was to provide advisors and other military assistance, including weapons and equipment, to help train and reorganize the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, or ARVN.

The temperature that day was an astounding 117 degrees! S. Marines wade ashore at Da Nang, South Vietnam, on March 18, 1965. S. soldiers—their youth. In the three previous major wars of the twentieth century—World Wars I, II, and the Korean War—the average age of the fighting man was twenty-six. In Vietnam it was only nineteen—an army of boys. Men of a more mature age are better able to cope with the stresses and horrors of combat than teenagers who aren’t even old enough to legally drink or to vote.

In order to get international support for America’s involvement in the Vietnam War, President Johnson made an official call for “free world military forces” to forge an alliance of “many flags” to fight the Communists. A total of forty countries answered President Johnson’s call and sent support into Vietnam. The most significant military support came from Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. QUICK FACTS • The first Australian force in South Vietnam arrived in 1962. It was called the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam and was composed of 30 men expertly trained in jungle warfare.

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