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Inside the LRRPs: Rangers in Vietnam Mass Market Paperback – Jun 12 1988


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Presidio Press; Reissue edition (June 12 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804101663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804101660
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 10.4 x 17.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,364,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an older book, but the info is timeless and very good compared on what is available today.
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I have read this book, and allthough it is not the best that I have read, I still enjoyed it very much. I don't know if Michael had a personnal expierence with the LRRP/RANGERS, but he still did an excellent job of depicting the things that many of our young RANGER boys went through. Roadrunner6 out
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INSIDE THE LRRPS/RANGERS IN THE NAM Jan. 6 2000
By "roadrunner6" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read this book, and allthough it is not the best that I have read, I still enjoyed it very much. I don't know if Michael had a personnal expierence with the LRRP/RANGERS, but he still did an excellent job of depicting the things that many of our young RANGER boys went through. Roadrunner6 out
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Learning by Lanning May 29 2012
By Writetrak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
To Michael Lee Lanning's credit he wrote one of the first detailed books on LRRP/Ranger operations in Vietnam and how they formally and informally fit into the overall U.S. Army Ranger concept. More so, he helped set the foundation for the many books that followed by adding some of the personal accounts of the LRRPs and Rangers and a number of their missions that brought their service to attention of the general public. Those of us who served as LRRP/Rangers during the war owe him a debt of gratitude. Thank you, sir and folks, to better understand any of the other LRRP/Ranger books start with this one.
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Important Contribution to the LRRP Story Jan. 1 2011
By Mike Cunha - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Inside the LRRPs: Rangers in Vietnam" should really be named "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about LRRPs." Author Michael Lee Lanning has done a tremendous amount of work in compiling this operational and background history of the Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol units that fought in the Vietnam War.

"Inside the LRRPs" covers every known detail that went into forming, training and operating these units during the Vietnam War years. The reading can be dry at points--the evolution of US Army Field Manual 31-18 over the years won't raise your heartbeat--but the author can only be commended for covering his subject thoroughly and providing every detail he possibly could.

Inevitably what would have revved up this book, and what's largely missing, are recollections from actual LRRPs themselves. To be clear, there are several stories throughout the book and a few vignettes at the beginning, but simply not enough to warrant the title of "Inside the LRRPs." Soldiers' tales told at the beginning of each chapter would have done much more to excite the reader, since that is what he/she was no doubt looking for when he picked up this book.

Lanning's book stands as an important contribution to the LRRP story and to the history of the Army Rangers of today, as it provides a structure of how these units were formed, how they trained and how they operated in Southeast Asia.
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Excellent piece of work Nov. 17 2008
By Vickie L. Kroll - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was lucky enough to find this used for less than a dollar. What a deal. The book is brief but crammed with details, less on the personal accounts as a LRRP (author was a LRRP platoon leader himself, briefly) and more on technical stuff and hard facts. Really a good read and worth adding to any Vietnam or special operations-related book collection.
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A good account of valuable past experiences Aug. 13 2012
By Jorge F. Duran - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is a well written account on human intelligence with many details about the matter of the recon.

In my point of view one of the most important issues was about the organization of the recon patrol. The author gives us several foundations for their theory of six men patrol. The most important is his own experience. However I think in two four men teams and eight men patrols

Another interesting point is about logistics, basically how many days a patrol could survive with the load they could carry on his shoulders. I agree with the autonomy of six days in the jungle. In extreme cold weather could be less.

Colonel Lanning describes us the profile of the men's suitable to be trained as LRRP operator. He is very objective because he tells us about some special operations soldiers tendency to the bravado

One of the most controversial chapters is about the love hate relation between SpecOps units and the conventional army. This chapter confirms that Conventional Military Culture is, in most cases, against the special operations units

The appendix with SOP is outdated in many aspects and is boring to read.

As a conclusion is a valuable book with many experiences of a 50 years old war, but valuable today, because the technology, weapons and other gadgetry could change, but the men who fought wars no

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