By Robert D. Sander
In 1971, whereas U.S. flooring forces have been prohibited from crossing the Laotian border, a South Vietnamese military corps, with U.S. air help, introduced the biggest airmobile operation within the heritage of war, Lam Son 719. the target: to sever the North Vietnamese Army’s major logistical artery, the Ho Chi Minh path, at its hub, Tchepone in Laos, an operation that, in keeping with common Creighton Abrams, might have been the decisive conflict of the struggle, hastening the withdrawal of U.S. forces and making sure the survival of South Vietnam. the result: defeat of the South Vietnamese military and heavy losses of U.S. helicopters and aircrews, yet a winning preemptive strike that met President Nixon’s near-term political objectives.
Author Robert Sander, a helicopter pilot in Lam Son 719, explores why an operation of such value failed. Drawing on files and interviews, and firsthand testimony and stories, Sander chronicles not just the making plans and execution of the operation but in addition the maneuvers of the bastions of political and armed forces energy through the ten-year attempt to finish Communist infiltration of South Vietnam top as much as Lam Son 719. the result's an image from disparate views: the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations; the South Vietnamese executive led by means of President Nguyen Van Thieu; and senior U.S. army commanders and military aviators.
Sander’s end is instantaneously robust and persuasively transparent. Lam Son 719 used to be doomed in either the making plans and execution—a casualty of family and foreign politics, fallacious assumptions, incompetent execution, and the unravel of the North Vietnamese military. a robust paintings of army and political background, this e-book deals eloquent testimony that “failure, like good fortune, can't be measured in absolute terms.”