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This is an epic oral history of Vietnam's bloodiest campaign, fought for seven months in a series of battles, most of them within four miles of each other, along Route 534. Staring in October 1967, orders came down to the 2nd North Vietnamese Army Division commanding them to join with the local Viet Cong and seize the city of Danang in the Tet Offensive.
After fighting for seven months in the Que Son Valley, the division was so battered that it failed to carry out its mission, with only one platoon making it inside the city limits.
This is the true-life accounts of what fighting was like in that narrow, bloody valley from the veteran's own mouths, and how that saved Danang from suffering the same fate as Hue City.
About the Author
Otto Lehrack is a retired marine, two-tour Vietnam veteran, and the author of three books and many articles. Two of his books were Military Book Club Main Selections, and one of them won the Greene Prize awarded by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. He lives in Flushing, New York.
""Road of 10,000 Pains" is a very good book. And its author is not only a good writer, but a wise one who, having interviewed countless veterans of the fighting, provides the necessary narration that binds it together. His judiciously selected quotes make this account one of the best books about the Vietnam War to date." --"Leatherneck "magazine
|List of Maps||p. ix|
|Foxtrot to Destiny||p. 3|
|Bald Eagle||p. 11|
|Deadly as a Flytrap||p. 31|
|Hot Pursuit||p. 49|
|Soldiers from the Sea||p. 53|
|Union I: The Battle for Hill 110||p. 57|
|Dangerous When Cornered||p. 77|
|Between the Unions||p. 95|
|Union II: The Enemy Strikes Back||p. 101|
|Desperate Delta||p. 121|
|Captain Grahams Last Stand||p. 125|
|Operation Adair: The Two-Platoon Fight||p. 141|
|Pike and Cochise||p. 151|
|Operation Swift: Desperate Delta Again||p. 157|
|Life and Death on a Very Small Knoll||p. 173|
|The Fight for Hill 43||p. 203|
|The Second Battle at Vinh Huy||p. 217|
|The Hotel Fight||p. 231|
|Golf and Hotel: Essex End Game||p. 241|
|Mike Company Fights Again||p. 257|
|Parting Shots||p. 267|
|Afterword Debunking Myths about Vietnam||p. 273|
|Appendix Awards for the Que Son Valley Campaign||p. 279|
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Number Of Pages: 306
Published: 1st April 2010
Publisher: Motorbooks International
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.585