VIETNAM - A War Lost And Won

VIETNAM - A War Lost And Won

'VIETNAM - A War Lost and Gained' by Nigel Cawthorne was first printed in 2003 by Arcturus Publishing Restricted within the UK. Nigel Cawthorne, who was born in Chicago, the United States, is an American-born British writer of fiction and non-fiction, and an editor.

The book consists of an introduction on what triggered one the worst wars in American war history. It has ten chapters followed by an epilogue, bibliography and index. Offered in paperback with high quality recycled materials, for individuals who missed the Vietnam War period, this book is highly recommended as it provides a vivid, lucid and statistics on what really went wrong within the war that had left a permanent black mark in American might and army superiority.

The front cover of this highly-informative book carries a watermark image of a soldier in full army gear on the background, and American troops crossing what looks like a typical Vietnamese paddy area aided by helicopters above. Absolutely these images are memory of what incessantly appear in Rambo, Platoon and Lacking in Action Hollywood flicks.

It also supplies the maps of Vietnam showing the disputed areas -the North and South, the very territories that had been in constant limelight all through the war. One other map will help the readers on the Tet Offensive which occurred from January to February 1968. Not solely that, the book has high-high quality real life images, photos shot in real battles, displaying the various belongings of the American forces, the individuals who dictated the war from behind and other chronological evidences in what could be the only war that the People lost.

Written in easy but precise language, the book gives abundance of numerical evidences and readers will likely be handled to overwhelming shocks and bounces. The statistical records revealed in this book will inform us that forty six, 370 US servicemen had been killed the place more than 10,000 died from non-combat associated causes and more than 100,000 wounded. The US authorities had spent a whopping USD 145billion, a massive quantity for that point, for a valueless war that started in 1965 and ended in 1975, years after the Paris Peace Accord.

The US lost 4, 865 helicopters, every prices a few quarter of one million dollars and eight million tons of bombs were dropped in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia mixed, a number far-out fetched the quantity dropped during the entire of World War II (WW II). The B52, a pride of American hegemony, dropped USD200, 000 worth of bombs out of its bomb-bay doorways on every mission. Readers will even get to establish the other assets of the US Army, from US UH 13 Helicopters often known as Hueys, US Strike Patrol Boat (STAB), M60 Machine weapons, the B52 Bomber, to US Phantom Jets utilized in Operation Rolling Thunder, had been consistently talked about throughout the book.

Another plus level of this book is that the author had distanced himself from all elements evident to parochialism; regionalism and blind nationalism, therefore neglected the aspect of 1-sidedness in his views. According to the author, more than 18million folks had been displaced through the war, and more than three per cent of South Vietnam was totally devastated past recognition.

Additional revelations point out that 18million gallons of defoliants were used in the war which resulted in severely handicapped and malformed babies. As many as 50,000 had been nonetheless being detained as political prisoners- Prisoners of War (POWs) as till 1986 and the author went on to further clarify that the after impact of the war had 865, 000 people fleeing the nation looking for greener pastures elsewhere.

The author also took a swipe at American soldiers throughout the war, mocking at their ignorance of being boastful in undermining the enemy's strength. This was enhanced by means of the usage of terms which were frequent amongst US servicemen in Vietnam at the moment, like 'gooks' - a derogatory term referring to people of Asian descent in the US and 'peasants' - referring to the Vietnamese insurgents who predominantly include farmers. The lost to this military of peasants further ignited the fire of dire humiliation in the US.

The author additionally additional affirmed the fact that usually, the individuals of Vietnam has a particular affinity with the soil of their nation and the guerrilla warfare that the so-called peasant military fought, was fought until the last drop of blood not like their counterpart who, on a serious scale consists of reluctant draftees, some of their teenage years, fighting as soldiers manning the forefront of the bloody battle.

On war strategies, the author pointed out that from day one, the superior military had obtained all of it wrong. The Vietnamese had gained the war via the most effective use of beneathground tunnels, used for hundreds of years even before the invasion of the US military, towards the likes of the Chinese and the French. The Vietnamese had tunnels running for hundreds of miles from the Cambodian border to the gates of Saigon. They had dormitories, workshops, hospitals, kitchens, headquarter facilities and supply depots inbuilt inside these tunnels. Made of laterite clay, the surface becomes hardened like concrete once uncovered to the scorching sun. With this information, the author had revealed to the readers that it was certainly true that one of the most important reasons on why the People had misplaced the war was because they have been preventing an unseen enemy; ceaselessly appearing out of nowhere, engaged the enemy in sudden fight, only then to disappear into thin air.