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Combat operations : taking the offensive, October 1966 to October 1967

Author: George L MacGarrigle
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Center of Military History, United States Army, 1998.
Series: United States Army in Vietnam.
Edition/Format:   Print book : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Combat Operations: Taking the Offensive chronicles the onset of offensive operations by the U.S. Army after eighteen months of building up a credible force on the ground in South Vietnam and taking the first steps toward bringing the war to the enemy. The compelling story by George L. MacGarrigle begins in October 1966, when General William C. Westmoreland believed that he had the arms and men to take the initiative  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
MacGarrigle, George L., 1930-
Combat operations.
Washington, D.C. : Center of Military History, United States Army, 1998
(OCoLC)645895255
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: George L MacGarrigle
ISBN: 0160495407 9780160495403
OCLC Number: 38249301
Notes: Shipping list no.: 98-0040-S.
Description: xxii, 485 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm.
Contents: pt. 1: Toward the offensive. An expanding war --
Attleboro: the coming storm in III Corps --
Attleboro: the battle widens --
West toward the border --
The developing campaign on the coast --
pt. 2: Out from Saigon. Into the triangle --
Junction City: the horseshoe --
Junction City: the battle continues --
Defending Saigon --
pt. 3: Farther north. New border battles --
The Lowlands: signs of success --
A looming threat in the North --
Taking stock. --
pt. 4: Looking for momentum in I Corps. Task force Oregon on the offensive --
Weary battles of summer --
On the demilitarized zone --
The Americal continues the attack --
pt. 5: Trouble in Mid-country. The Highlands again --
Old coastal haunts --
pt. 6: Protracted war in III Corps. Counterstrike --
The ordeal of the Big Red One --
The 25th division's search for progress --
East of Saigon --
pt. 7: Winding up. Early Delta battles --
The Riverine balance sheet --
Strains of an open-ended war.
Series Title: United States Army in Vietnam.
Responsibility: by George L. MacGarrigle.

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Combat Operations: Taking the Offensive chronicles the onset of offensive operations by the U.S. Army after eighteen months of building up a credible force on the ground in South Vietnam and taking the first steps toward bringing the war to the enemy. The compelling story by George L. MacGarrigle begins in October 1966, when General William C. Westmoreland believed that he had the arms and men to take the initiative from the enemy and that significant progress would be made on all fronts over the next twelve months. Aware of American intentions, North Vietnam undertook a prolonged war of attrition and stepped up the infiltration of its own troops into the South. While the insurgency in the South remained the cornerstone of Communist strategy, it was increasingly overshadowed by main-force military operations. These circumstances, according to MacGarrigle, set the stage for intensified combat. The North Vietnamese and Viet Cong units retained the advantage, fighting only when it suited their purposes and retreating with impunity into inviolate sanctuaries in Laos and Cambodia. With Westmoreland feeling hamstrung by political constraints on his ability to wage war in the vast hostile areas along the border, 1967 ended with a growing uncertainty in the struggle to secure the countryside. Relying on official American and enemy primary sources, MacGarrigle has crafted a well-balanced account of this year of intense combat. His volume is a tribute to those who sacrificed so much in a long and irresolute conflict, and Soldiers engaged in military operations that place great demands on their initiative, skill, and devotion will find its thought-provoking lessons worthy of reflection.

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