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The Resource Huế 1968 : a turning point of the American war in Vietnam, Mark Bowden

Huế 1968 : a turning point of the American war in Vietnam, Mark Bowden

Label
Huế 1968 : a turning point of the American war in Vietnam
Title
Huế 1968
Title remainder
a turning point of the American war in Vietnam
Statement of responsibility
Mark Bowden
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In mid-1967, the North Vietnam leadership had started planning an offensive intended to win the war in a single stroke. Part military action and part popular uprising, the effort included attacks across South Vietnam, but the most dramatic and successful would be the capture of Huế, the country's intellectual and cultural capital. At 2:30 a.m. on January 31, the first day of the Lunar New Year (called Tet), ten thousand National Liberation Front troops descended from hidden camps and -- led by locals like eighteen-year-old village girl and Viet Cong member Che Thi Mung -- surged across the city of 140,000. By morning, all of Huế was in Front hands save for two small military outposts. The American commanders in country and politicians in Washington refused to believe the size and scope of the Front's presence. Captain Chuck Meadows was ordered to lead his 160-marine Golf Company in the first attempt to reenter Huế later that day. Facing thousands of entrenched enemy troops, he reported: "We are outgunned and outmanned." After several futile and deadly days, Lieutenant Colonel Ernie Cheatham would finally come up with a strategy to retake the city, block by block and building by building, in some of the most intense urban combat since World War II. With unprecedented access to war archives in the United States and Vietnam and interviews with participants from both sides, Bowden narrates each stage of this crucial battle through multiple points of view. Played out over twenty-four days of terrible fighting and ultimately costing more than ten thousand combatant and civilian lives, the Battle of Hue was by far the bloodiest of the entire war. When it ended, the American debate over the war was never again about winning, only about how to leave
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
959.704/342095974
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
DS557.8.H83
LC item number
B68 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Huế 1968 : a turning point of the American war in Vietnam, Mark Bowden
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The infiltration -- The fall of Huế -- Futility and denial -- Counterattack in the Triangle and disaster at La Chu -- Sweeping the Triangle -- Taking back the Citadel
Control code
ocn982651024
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
594 pages
Isbn
9780802127006
Lccn
2017022809
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a887929
  • (OCoLC)982651024
Label
Huế 1968 : a turning point of the American war in Vietnam, Mark Bowden
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The infiltration -- The fall of Huế -- Futility and denial -- Counterattack in the Triangle and disaster at La Chu -- Sweeping the Triangle -- Taking back the Citadel
Control code
ocn982651024
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
594 pages
Isbn
9780802127006
Lccn
2017022809
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a887929
  • (OCoLC)982651024

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