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In the first significant engagement between American troops and the Viet Cong, 450 U.S. soldiers found themselves surrounded and outnumbered by their enemy. This book tells the story of how they battled between October 23 and November 26, 1965. Its prose is gritty, not artful, delivering a powerful punch of here-and-now descriptions that could only have been written by people actually on the scene. In fact, they were: Harold Moore commanded the men of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, who did most of the fighting, and Joseph Galloway was the only reporter present throughout the battle's 34 harrowing days. We Were Soldiers Once... combines their memories with more than 100 in-depth interviews with survivors on both sides. The Battle of Ia Drang also highlights a technological advance that would play an enormous role in the rest of the war: this was perhaps the first place where helicopter-based, air-mobile operations demonstrated their combat potential. At bottom, however, this is a tale of heroes and heroism, some acts writ large, others probably forgotten but for this telling. It was a bestseller when first published, and remains one of the better books available on combat during the Vietnam War. --John J. Miller --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
On Nov. 14, 1965, the 1st Battalion of the 7th Cavalry, commanded by Lt. Col. Moore and accompanied by UPI reporter Galloway, helicoptered into Vietnam's remote Ia Drang Valley and found itself surrounded by a numerically superior force of North Vietnamese regulars. Moore and Galloway here offer a detailed account, based on interviews with participants and on their own recollections, of what happened during the four-day battle. Much more than a conventional battle study, the book is a frank record of the emotional reactions of the GIs to the terror and horror of this violent and bloody encounter. Both sides claimed victory, the U.S. calling it a validation of the newly developed doctrine of airmobile warfare. Supplemented with maps, the memoir is a vivid re-creation of the first major ground battle of the Vietnam War. Photos.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
I enjoyed this book, but it did seem to drag a little at times which is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.Published on Aug. 26 2013 by Mark C. Boyle
If ya wanta spend a few hours on it I'd advise the tome "How Great Generals Win" from a dude who taught at West Point. Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2009 by Jake The Hired Hand
My dad served in Vietnam. I've been in Iraq. This book tells it like it was in Vietnam and, in many ways, how it still is today. Read morePublished on June 11 2007 by Everett Black
I saw the movie & thought I would give the book a whirl. This book is extremely well written & frighteningly real. Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2005 by Blade-57
This book, about one of the first battles of the Vietnam War using large-scale deployment of US forces, is impossible to put down. Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by James F. Anderson III
Simply put, it was one of the most amazing, most moving books I have ever read in my entire life. It helps that the two writers were actually there at the battle and so provide a... Read morePublished on June 8 2004 by Kellen
I own 20-30 books written about the Veitnam War. This is without a doubt one of best I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Read morePublished on March 18 2004 by Ken Laine
Well I have to say this book definately was an accurate account
of what occured in Vietnam. The brutality and anguish the soldiers went through was accurately told but was dry... Read more