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Red Thunder, Tropic Lightning : the World Of A Combat Division In Vietnam.

Author: Eric M Bergerud
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Routledge, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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T his BOOK EXAMINES the world confronted by the men of an American combat division during the Vietnam War. Although the unit in question is the 25th Infantry Division, this is not a unit history or standard military chronology. Instead, I try to view all of the major parts of the soldiers' world-including subjects as diverse as climate, living conditions, deadly combat, and morale. The world inhabited by the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Bergerud, Eric M.
Red Thunder, Tropic Lightning.
[Place of publication not identified] : Routledge, 2019
(OCoLC)1106137575
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Eric M Bergerud
ISBN: 9780429304040 0429304048 9781000309270 1000309274 9781000273335 1000273334 9781000237399 1000237397
OCLC Number: 1112671816
Description: 1 online resource (328 pages)
Contents: List of Illustrations --
Preface --
Introduction --
1. A Setting for War: Coping with a Strange and Hostile World --
2. Tools of the Trade --
3. Around in Circles: Warfare in 360 Degrees --
4. The Shitting Battlefields of Vietnam --
5. WIA: Wounded in Action --
6. The Vietnamese --
7. To Stand and Fight: Morale in the 25th Division --
Epilogue: Last Thoughts from Three Veterans of the Tropic Lightning Division --
Appendix: A Roster of the 25th Infantry Division List of Terms, Abbreviations, and Acronym.

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T his BOOK EXAMINES the world confronted by the men of an American combat division during the Vietnam War. Although the unit in question is the 25th Infantry Division, this is not a unit history or standard military chronology. Instead, I try to view all of the major parts of the soldiers' world-including subjects as diverse as climate, living conditions, deadly combat, and morale. The world inhabited by the soldiers of the 25th Division was not theirs alone; the men and women who served with other frontline units in Vietnam will immediately recognize the major landmarks. Using the 25th Division as a focal point, I hope to help the people of today better understand what the Vietnam War was like in fact, not fiction. This work is based on a variety of sources. The documentary foundations come from a great number of 25th Division records generated during the war; the most important of which are the large quarterly Division reports. They, in turn, are complemented by the quarterly reports that came from II Field Force, Vietnam, the Army headquarters for the units operating in the provinces near Saigon. The Center of Military History, Department of the Army, provided these documents to me while I was doing research on the village war in a Vietnamese province. I used this research to write The Dynamics of Defeat: The Vietnam War in Hau Nghia Province (Westview Press, 1991), which deals with the political and military struggle waged by both sides in an important part of the 25th Division's area of operations.

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