American Veterans on War: Personal Stories from WW II to by Elise Forbes Tripp

By Elise Forbes Tripp

The USA is embroiled in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan—wars that appear as faraway from Americans’ knowing as they're far-off from our shores.

With American Veterans on struggle, Elise Forbes Tripp brings our present wars and their predecessors domestic within the phrases of fifty five veterans elderly 20 to ninety. The veterans bring up questions on whilst wars are worthy scuffling with, what missions can and can’t be received, and the prices and merits folks intervention, either world wide and regionally. fresh veterans inform wrenching tales of dealing with adversarial forces with no uniforms, of no longer understanding who's pal or foe, and of the lasting strains of wrestle as soon as they’ve lower back home.

American Veterans on conflict offers a sweeping assessment of three-quarters of a century of yank wars, accurately grounding that heritage within the phrases of the boys and girls whose our bodies have been at the line.

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11 In many cases the layout was uncannily reminiscent of the famous European star forts or bastioned fortresses of the 17th and 18th centuries, which had been designed to deliver flanking fire from cannons for exactly the same reasons. Also following their example, the Vietnam firebases often included a central internal “citadel” or “keep” as a fallback position in case the outer perimeter should be penetrated by the enemy. Typically this would house the command, control and communications centers and therefore, perhaps, also the most highly motivated officers who might be expected to resist most strongly and hold out for longest.

They would have to be regarded as “expendable” in a crisis, when the hope would be that their inhabitants would be able to reach a bunker before it was too late. 7 32 A specific inventory of the types of materials typically used in these fortifications may be found in Gordon L. 33. com The operational use of firebases We have already noted that to set down a firebase there was a need for proper reconnaissance and planning, as well as plenty of helicopters to land an initial garrison and its stores quickly, before the enemy could react.

By using floating gun platforms and pontoons, firebases could even be established in rivers and swamps where no installations were possible on the ground. The US Navy’s brown water navy also provided an array of specialized armored boats to allow Task Force 117 (Mobile Riverine Force) to operate as a brigade group up and down the tricky channels and puzzling terrain of the Mekong Delta. The problem, however, was that moving troops from one place to another was not necessarily the same thing as defeating the enemy.

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