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Our war : the history and sacrifices of an…

Our war : the history and sacrifices of an infantry battalion in the…

by David W. Taylor

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Our War closely documents the history of a U.S. Army infantry battalion in the Vietnam War, the same battalion noted author Tim O'Brien served in, the 5th/46th Infantry Battalion of the 198th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal (23rd) Infantry Division, which fought in the notorius Quang Ngai and Quang Tin provinces of the northern portion of South Vietnam. It was in this area of the war that the enemy poured thousands of soldiers down the infamous Ho Chi Minh trail into the Americal's operational area. Our War details the operations and tactics planned by the officers who led the battalion down to the soldiers on the ground who carried them out. From Search and Destroy and Sweep and Clear missions performed in company-size units to Hunter-Killer teams of squad-size, the battalion adapted its tactics to meet the enemy threat it faced. Our War details the soldier's experinces up close and personal. From firefights and snipers to the horrendous scourge of mines and booby traps. Every soldier killed in the battalion's three years in combat is also mentioned as to how his death occurred. Our War also evaluates the effectiveness of the Vietnamese soldiers the battalion worked with from time to time, from Army of Vietnam (ARVN) soldiers to Regional Force (RF) and Popular Force (PF) militia, and the dreaded Provisional Reconnaissance Units (PRU) who carried out assasinations under Operation Phoenix. This is the story of a battalion of young Americans who fought, bled and died in a war that, for many who survived, will never end.

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