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Inside the LRRPs: Rangers in Vietnam Mass Market Paperback – Jun 12 1988
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Vietnam was a different kind of war, calling for a different kind of soldier. The LRRPs--Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols--were that new breed of fighting man. They operated in six-man teams deep within enemy territory, and were the eyes and ears of the units they served. This is their story--of perseverence under extreme hardship and uncommon bravery--and how they carried out the war's most hazardous missions.
About the Author
Michael Lee Lanning retired from the army as a lieutenant colonel after more than twenty years' service. During his assignment to Vietnam, he served as both an infantry platoon leader and a company commander in the 199th Infantry Brigade (Light). He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
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"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.
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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