Chickenhawk: A Shattering Personal Account of the Helicopter by Robert Mason

By Robert Mason

A gorgeous booklet concerning the correct stuff within the incorrect conflict. As a toddler, Robert Mason dreamed of levitating. As a tender guy, he dreamed of flying helicopters - and the U.S. military gave him his probability. They despatched him to Vietnam the place, among August 1965 and July 1966, he flew greater than 1,000 attack missions. In Chickenhawk, Robert Mason provides us a devastating bird's eye-view of that struggle in all its horror, as he reports the accelerating terror, the more and more determined braveness of a guy 'acting out the function of a hero lengthy after he realises that the behavior of the warfare is insane,' says the hot York occasions, 'And we can't cease ourselves from deciding on with it.'

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38 Tactics and Techniques of the Counterguerrilla War While the government endeavored to undermine popular support for the insurrection through a combination of moderation and retaliation, the Army struggled with the difficult job of suppressing rebel irregulars in the field. It was a daunting task, for as Crook observed, “it is impossible for any body of troops to march on them without their being apprised of it, and it is impossible to force them to fight unless they want to, for they carry little or no baggage, and can live on little or nothing.

D. S. Army’s Experience With Insurgency,” Parameters 13 (March 1983): 59–68; Robert Asprey, War in the Shadows: The Guerrilla in History, 2 vols. , The Roots of Counter-Insurgency: Armies and Guerrilla Warfare, 1900–45 (New York: Blandford Press, 1988). S. Military Doctrine for Low-Intensity Warfare,” in Low-Intensity Warfare, ed. Michael Klare and Peter Kornbluh (New York: Pantheon, 1988), pp. 49–79. 3 Joint Chiefs of Staff, Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, JCS Publication 1 (1987), p.

Col. George Crook, the commander of the 36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry that was stationed in West Virginia on counterguerrilla duty during the fall and winter of 1861–1862, recollected that “when an officer returned from a scout he would report that they had caught so-and-so, but in bringing him in he slipped off a log while crossing a stream and broke his neck, or that he was killed by an accidental discharge of one of the men’s guns, and many like reports. ”16 Unit commanders winked at the practice, which quickly became common regardless of whether department commanders approved or disapproved of denying quarter to guerrillas.

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