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Fire Base Illingworth: An Epic True Story of Remarkable Courage Against Staggering Odds

Fire Base Illingworth: An Epic True Story of Remarkable Courage Against Staggering Odds
Autor: Philip Keith
Data publikacji: 2013-11
ISBN: 9781250024954
Wydawca: St. Martin's Press
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 16.3 x 3.1 x 23.9 cm
Oprawa: twarda
Liczba stron: 320
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This is an epic, never-before-told true story of a North Vietnamese Army attack and how the men of this nearly overrun Fire Base survived. In the early morning hours of April 1, 1970, more than four hundred North Vietnamese soldiers charged out into the open and tried to over-run FSB Illingworth. The battle went on, mostly in the dark, for hours. Exposed ammunition canisters were hit and blew up, causing a thunderous explosion inside the FSB that left dust so thick it jammed the hand-held weapons of the Gls. Much of the combat was hand-to-hand. In all, twenty-four Americans lost their lives and another fifty-four were wounded. Nearly one hundred enemy bodies were recovered. It was one of the most vicious small unit fire fights in the history of U.S. forces in Vietnam.

Right from the beginning I knew this was one of the best books in the genre, and I've read many of these books since before I learned to drive. The author takes a lot of care to explain what and how the combat engineers did to prepare a firebase. He also explained what those that manned the artillery did, and made me appreciate how undermanned those batteries were in that war.

Personally I found the book to be a profound wake up call. I had already developed a good understanding from our recent wars of the gap in personal interests between politicians and the soldiers that serve in actual war conditions. The author revealed how the military and government at first kept details about this battle secret. Over 400 North Vietnam regulars, experienced soldiers, stormed the firebase and some of them penetrated it and fought hand-to-hand with Americans that were used as bait.

A key question still unanswered is who was responsible for placing useless large artillery pieces along with a large supply of shells for the big guns inside a firebase that wasn't "hardened." It's clear this was done to provide convincing evidence to that North Vietnamese of the vulnerability and relatively high value of this small firebase. The Americans within were, as the author stated, used as pawns and successfully traded for bigger enemy pieces.

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