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Armies Of The Vietnam War 1962-1975 by Lee E Russell, Mike Chappell

By Lee E Russell, Mike Chappell

On eight march 1965 a few 3,500 US Marines, the 1st US wrestle troops to reach in Vietnam, landed in Da Nang to guard the U.S. air base there. On eight June, following extra reinforcements, normal Westmoreland authorized his troops to start 'offensive patrolling'. Lee Russell's follow-up to Men-at-Arms 104 focuses in finer aspect at the uniforms and insignia of the USA military and Marines, the ARVN and the NVA. The booklet is filled with fantastically certain black and white images of the forces within the box, and Mike Chappell's first-class illustrations offer key reference fabric for the modern uniforms and battledress.

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We also had fallback locations to which we could vanish after we fired or if we were compromised. We’d generally hide all day. Most of our shooting took place during the first hour of daylight and the last hour before dark. “We did do some day shooting. One afternoon six of us set up on a rise to observe an open area about 400 meters across a river. About two in the afternoon we saw a soldier carrying a rifle and a pack step out into the clearing. In a few minutes a couple more joined him. Soon I had counted 110 fully armed NVA.

Yet archaeology reveals the steady evolution in armament, from early man’s throwing of stones to his constructing instruments of battle that included rocks tied to wooden clubs. Refinements led to tapered points attached to sticks, which became spears and javelins, and sharpened broad heads on wooden handles, which became axes. While brute strength and excellent reflexes remained the most important characteristics of a warrior, accuracy was a close second. Recent discoveries suggest evidence of human, or at least humanlike, activity on Earth more than one million years ago.

S. commander, General Horatio Gates, credited Morgan’s riflemen for the success in briefly stopping Burgoyne’s advance. At the Second Battle of Freeman’s Farm, on October 7.

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