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The Lost Battalion of Tet : Breakout of the 2/12th Cavalry at Hue - Robert Shenk

The Lost Battalion of Tet

Breakout of the 2/12th Cavalry at Hue

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published to commemorate the 40th aniversary of the Tet Offensive, this new paperback edition brings back into print a book that became an essential source for a 2006 study of the battle by the U.S. Army's Center of Military History. It takes a critical look at what went wrong in early 1968 during one of the first engagements of Tet, when a U.S. Infantry battalion was ordered to attack a large North Vietnamese force near Hue City without air or artillery support. The tragic military foul-up resulted in over 60 percent casualties for the 2d Battalion, 12th Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, when the soldiers were surrounded by the enemy and begun running out of ammunition. The bold decision by battalion commander Lt. Col. Richard Sweet to break out with his remaining soldiers under cover of darkness saved this encirclement from being a total disaster. Krohn, the unit's intelligence officer at the time, provides a much-needed analysis of what took place and fills his account with details that have been confirmed as factual by other survivors. Krohn examines the battalion's involvement in two other major attacks for lessons learned when vital systems break down - lessons, he says, that are timeless and applicable anywhere. This book is published in co-operation with the Association of the United States Army. AUTHOR: Charles A. Krohn, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, is a combat veteran of Vietnam. As a civilian, he served as the Pentagon's deputy chief of public affairs from 2001 to 2004, including three mnths in Iraq as an adviser to the director of the Infrastructure Reconstruction Program. Recently, he was a visiting professor of journalism at the University of Michigan. A resident of Burke, Virginia, he now works for the American Battle Monuments Commission. REVIEW: "Krohn calls for stateside training in which infantry battalions practice operations after vital support systems have faltered. His first-rate account demonstrates what can happen in combat when such systems break down". Publishers Weekly. 29 b/w photos + 9 maps

Preface: The Battle of Hue: A Retrospective View and a Few Surprisesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
America's Bestp. 3
Cast of the Pastp. 10
Curtain Raiserp. 13
Reasonable Worriesp. 19
Operation Rawhidep. 22
Rehearsing the Gladiatorsp. 25
The Death Battalionp. 30
Sweet Takes Chargep. 38
Historical Momentp. 41
Hue's Burningp. 44
Getting the Word at Camp Evansp. 50
From Camp Evans to PK-17p. 53
Dead in Our Tracksp. 59
Attack Nowp. 63
Scudder, A Miracle Manp. 71
Cordite Stinksp. 76
Artillery Fiascop. 79
Take a Break, Death Will Waitp. 84
Day Two: Hell's Last Circlep. 87
Saving the Living, Leaving the Deadp. 93
Leaving TFP: Our Only Hopep. 99
Hugging Jeffp. 104
Helvey's Raidersp. 110
TFPp. 115
Heroes Not Forgottenp. 120
After the Battle Is Overp. 122
Forgotten Favor Repaidp. 129
View from the Other Sidep. 131
Who Won? Who Lost?p. 134
We'll Never Knowp. 136
Ambiguous Factsp. 139
Tet, Meet Desert Stormp. 144
Pascagoula Flashbackp. 148
Afterwordp. 150
Infantry Battalion Organizationp. 154
Where Are They Now?p. 155
The Presidential Unit Citationp. 156
2d Battalion, 12th Cavalry Killed in Actionp. 158
2d Battalion, 12th Cavalry Supporting Units Killed in Actionp. 161
2d Battalion, 12th Cavalry Distinguished Service Crossp. 162
Sourcesp. 163
Indexp. 165
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ISBN: 9781591144342
ISBN-10: 1591144345
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 22nd February 2008
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.6  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.29