10,000 Days of Thunder. A History of the Vietnam War by Philip Caputo

By Philip Caputo

It was once the warfare that lasted 10000 days. The warfare that encouraged ratings of songs. The conflict that sparked dozens of riots. And during this stirring chronicle, Pulitzer Prize- profitable journalist Philip Caputo writes approximately our country's so much arguable struggle -- the Vietnam struggle -- for younger readers. From the 1st stirrings of unrest in Vietnam less than French colonial rule, to American intervention, to the conflict at Hamburger Hill, to the Tet Offensive, to the autumn of Saigon, 10,000 Days of Thunder explores the struggle that modified the lives of a iteration of american citizens and that also reverberates with us this present day.

Included inside 10,000 Days of Thunder are own anecdotes from infantrymen and civilians, in addition to profiles and money owed of the activities of many historic luminaries, either American and Vietnamese, fascinated by the Vietnam battle, comparable to Richard M. Nixon, common William C. Westmoreland, Ho Chi Minh, Joe Galloway, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lyndon B. Johnson, and...

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In December 1922 the USSR was officially formed. Lenin died about a year later, on January 21, 1924, and a power struggle between the top Communist leaders began. Joseph Stalin eventually emerged victorious, and Leon Trotsky was forced into exile. Stalin acted swiftly to concentrate all power under him, and within a few years became a dictator. Under his rule Communism in the Soviet Union became even more brutal and tyrannical than it had ever been. The most famous examples of his tyranny were the series of purges in the 1930s, in which Stalin had executed almost all of the top and senior officers in the army and many rival political leaders.

For the last half of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth, it was a colony in the French Empire. The Vietnamese overthrew the French in 1954 after a long, bloody conflict, and were looking forward to becoming a united, independent nation when the politics of the Cold War intervened and foreign powers, including the United States, divided the country into North and South Vietnam. In the eyes of the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong, their battle against the Americans was a continuation of the struggle for unity and independence from outside influences.

The workhorse of the group was the Bell UH-1H Iroquois, more popularly known as the Huey, which could be easily adapted to the roles needed. As troop transports, known as “slicks,” the Huey carried troops and supplies. Gunships, known as “cobras,” had extra machine guns and cannon. “Medivacs” were designed to quickly transport wounded from the battlefield. Command ships had extra communications equipment and were used by commanders flying over a battlefield. Airmobile operations freed troops from being tied to road networks or waterways that could be cut off by the enemy.

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