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United States Marine Corps in Vietnam (Paperback)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

American History Photographic Books Colour Books Vietnam Military

By Michael Green
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 208
Illustrations: 250
ISBN: 9781526751232
Published: 5th March 2020

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With the American-supported South Vietnamese government verging on collapse in early 1965, American President Lyndon Johnson decided to commit American conventional ground forces in the form of a United States Marine Corps (USMC) brigade of approximately 3,000 men on March 8, 1965. So began a massive and costly 10-year commitment.

At its height in 1968, the USMC had 86,000 men in South Vietnam. Almost 500,000 Marines would eventually rotate in out of South Vietnam during their typical one-year tours of duty. In the end, the fighting during such well-known battles at Con Tien, Chu Lai, Hue, Khe Sanh and Dong Ha and thousands of now forgotten smaller-scale engagements would cost the USMC 13,070 killed in action and 88,630 wounded, more casualties than they suffered during the Second World War.

In this book, well-known military historian Michael Green using hundreds of dramatic images tells the dramatic and gallant story of the Marines’ contribution to an unwinnable war; the battles, their equipment, from rifles to helicopters and jets, and the strategy adopted by the Corps.

The book, which tells of an extremely documented war, with numerous iconic photos, does it through mostly unpublished or rare photos, even if for Hue and Khe Sanh this is very difficult. The result is that of telling the war effort of the Marines in a book that will not be missing on the shelves of people interested in this war, unpopular and tragic, which was the Vietnam War.


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 Michael Green

About Michael Green

Michael Green is a published author who specialises in armoured vehicles.

He lives in Dale City, California.

Michael is ranked number 10 in Amazon's most Popular Authors in History list.

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