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Drone War Vietnam (Hardback)

Modern Warfare Photographic Books Colour Books Vietnam Military

By David Axe
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 176
Illustrations: 106 colour & black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526770264
Published: 30th August 2021

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While the use of drones is now commonplace in modern warfare, it was in its infancy during the Vietnam War, not to mention revolutionary and top secret. Drones would play an important – and today largely unheralded – role in the bloody, two-decade US air war over Vietnam and surrounding countries in the 1960s and ’70s. Drone aircraft spotted targets for manned US bombers, jammed North Vietnamese radars and scattered propaganda leaflets, among other missions.

This book explores that obscure chapter of history. DRONE WAR: VIETNAM is based on military records, official histories and published first-hand accounts from early drone operators, as well as on a close survey of existing scholarship on the topic.

In their fledgling efforts to send robots instead of human beings on the most dangerous aerial missions, US operators in South-East Asia in the 1960s and ’70s wrote the first chapter in the continuing tale of autonomous warfare.

This title from Pen and Sword provides the reader with a great deal of information that will make the ICM drone releases much more useful. I had not realised that so many different versions were produced and the roles they performed were so varied as well. This book adds a new facet to the hobby for displaying models of these aerial drones performing roles that we knew nothing or little of previously.

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Aeroscale

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Model Aircraft Magazine, January 2022

I learnt a lot in reading the book about the early development and deployment of drones, and a large number of archive images will interest many, and encourage modellers I suspect. The DC-130 launch aircraft are illustrated, along with the helicopters that recovered the drones on their return, lowered on a parachute. A really interesting addition to the stories of the Vietnam War and work with drones that has gone largely unnoticed. A fascinating read.

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Military Model Scene

About David Axe

David Axe is a journalist, historian and former war correspondent. A prolific contributor to The Daily Beast, Vice, Reuters, The Village Voice, The Washington Post and many other publications, David blogs for Interest as well as for several websites he created. His loyal readership numbers in the tens of thousands. David has written and edited several nonfiction books, most recently the graphic novel war memoir Machete Squad and the Pen & Sword book Drone War: Vietnam.

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