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Many senior army officials still claim that if they had been given enough soldiers and weapons, the United States could have won the war in Vietnam. In this probing analysis of U.S. military policy in Vietnam, career army officer and strategist Andrew F. Krepinevich, Jr., argues that precisely because of this mindset the war was lost before it was fought.

The army assumed that it could transplant to Indochina the operational methods that had been successful in the European battle theaters of World War II, an approach that proved ill-suited to the way the Vietnamese Communist forces fought. Theirs was a war of insurgency, and counterinsurgency, Krepinevich contends, requires light infantry formations, firepower restraint, and the resolution of political and social problems within the nation. To the very end, top military commanders refused to recognize this.

Krepinevich documents the deep division not only between the American military and civilian leaders over the very nature of the war, but also within the U.S. Army itself. Through extensive research in declassified material and interviews with officers and men with battlefield experience, he shows that those engaged in the combat understood early on that they were involved in a different kind of conflict. Their reports and urgings were discounted by the generals, who pressed on with a conventional war that brought devastation but little success.

A thorough analysis of the U.S. Army's role in the Vietnam War, this book demonstrates with chilling persuasiveness the ways in which the army was unprepared to fight--lessons applicable to today's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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The Army And Vietnam examines the folly of the U.S. attempt to transplant to Indochina the operational methods of conventional warfare that had been successful in the European battle theaters of World War II. With chilling persuasiveness, Krepinevich details the ways in which the U.S. was unprepared to fight a war of counterinsurgency in Vietnam--and why it is likely to remain unprepared to fight any similar war in the near future.

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Bibliography: p. 277-311.

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ISBN:
9780801836572
Author:
Krepinevich, Andrew F.
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Location:
Baltimore :
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Strategy
Subject:
Southeast Asia
Subject:
Army
Subject:
Vietnamese Conflict, 19
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
Asia - Southeast Asia
Subject:
Military-General History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Johns Hopkins Paperbacks ed.
Series Volume:
no. 4
Publication Date:
19880331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
8.96x5.78x.84 in. 1.12 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The Army And Vietnam examines the folly of the U.S. attempt to transplant to Indochina the operational methods of conventional warfare that had been successful in the European battle theaters of World War II. With chilling persuasiveness, Krepinevich details the ways in which the U.S. was unprepared to fight a war of counterinsurgency in Vietnam--and why it is likely to remain unprepared to fight any similar war in the near future.
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