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Summary Í eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ´ Stuart A. HerringtonUnts of the war I have read it is also one of the most insightful Perhaps the author s early position of sceptical opposition to the war as probably nwinnable may have given him a clearer view nobscured by that gung ho America is the greatest attitude that prevailed among much of the regular US military particularly in the early daysI am familiar with the ground having served for a short time in Tay ninh province in 1971 and in eastern parts of Cambodia in 1972 I saw the ARVN 25th Division in action and I had heard of the professionalism of RFPF in the province because it was so atypiaclI gained from this book an insight into the nature of Communist operation at village level that I had sensed but
had not defined I was also fascinated yet again by thenot defined I was also fascinated yet again by the and intelligent application of military nous at junior level that was astonishingly successful in the face of so much ineptitude in traditional arters known at senior level yet somehow just dismissed as incidental by a group of general officers on the ground and in Washington who were wedded to a doctrine and
couldn t on the flexibility to follow a proven course The American conduct of much of the war An intelligence advisor assigned to root out the enemy in the Hau Nghia province His two year mission to capture or kill Communist agents operating there was madejust couldn t
all the difficult by local officials who were reluctant to cooperate villagers who were too scared to ta.the difficult by local officials who were reluctant to cooperate villagers who were too scared to ta. Reuired reading for a West Point history course But very enjoyable and educational about the difficulties in Vietnam An excellent read I also served in the Phoenix program and Mr Harrington s
brings back memories of the bitter sweet complexities and frustrations of that era An interesting look at one s efforts to win the Vietnam War Herrington was a American adviser in one of the most contested districts of Vietnam Pushed by senior leadership for results Herrington and several other junior level advisers created new ways of estioning Viet Cong prisoners and defectors that yielded surprisingly effective results One wonders how these programs might fare when employed in modern Ira instead of Abu Ghraib style treatment I suppose the biggest problem there would be to take one of the alive gives the Vietnamese perspective of the war Not exactly what I was looking for This book is a scholarly treatise on the ins and outs of the Phoenix program in the Viet Nam war from the perspective of one who was there I found it to be dry and scholarly It does not discuss any involvement by the Green Berets or the Navy SEALS Thisis not only one of the interesting personal acco. In a gripping memoir that reads like a spy novel one man recounts his personal experience with Operation Phoenix the program created to destroy the Vietcong’s shadow government which thrivedaccount brings back memories of the bitter sweet complexities and frustrations of that era An interesting look at one
In The Rural Communitiesthe rural communities South VietnamStuart A Herrington was an Americ. .
Et me in mind of the idiocy of general officers on the western front during WW1 who just continued to throw masses of men at barbed wire and machine guns because it was all they knewI found the assessments of the impact of the 1968 Tet offensive telling and poignant given that now it seems clear that the defeat inflicted on the Communists then was a turning point and the advantage was lost in the States at a psychological levelGiap himself said he was well satisfied as he watched the pillar of North Vietnamese strategy the belief that the US didn t have the stomach for an extended war in Asia come to pass as the vocal opposition to the war in the US gathered momentumThe author s assessment at the end of the book written as it was in 1972 was right on
the knocker trained as an intelligence officer heknocker Trained as an intelligence officer he great insight to those notes based on his experience I shared his affection for the common ARVN soldier and his admiration for our enemy A great read and a good primary source on counter revolutionary warfare Pity some of the commanders in the filed in Afghaistan and Ira didn t come across itsince it is clear that the Americans have learned little from the Vietnam debacle. #Lk And VC Who # and VC who not go down without a fight Herrington developed an nexpected but intense identification with the villagers in his jurisdiction–and learned the hard way that experiencing war was profoundly different from philosophizing about it in a seminar ro.
Stuart A. Herrington