The Siege at Hue

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Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1999 - History - 195 pages
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This well-documented narrative by former U.S. Army Captain George W. Smith is the most complete account to date of the longest continuous battle of the Vietnam War. Charged with monitoring the huge civilian press corps that descended on Hue during the Tet offensive, Captain Smith, an information adviser to South Vietnam's 1st Infantry Division, was an eyewitness to the twenty-five-day struggle. He recounts the separate, poorly coordinated battles that were fought in the retaking of the city, documenting the little known contributions of the brave South Vietnamese forces who prevented the Citadel area of Hue from being overrun, and who then assisted the U.S. Marine Corps in evicting the North Vietnamese Army. He also tells of the social and political upheaval in the city, reporting the execution of nearly 3,000 civilians by the NVA and the Vietcong.
 

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The North Vietnamese and Viet Cong surprise attack on the South Vietnamese city of Hue played a pivotal role in the Tet Offensive of 1968. The city of 140,000 was lightly held by a token South ... Read full review

Contents

Next Stop Vietnam
1
The Lotus Flower
7
Staying Alive
29
To the Rescue
43
Help for the Citadel
57
Facing the Unknown
67
Total War
81
The Tide Turns
91
The Citadel
119
A Jump Start
133
The Beginning of the End
153
Credit the ARVN
165
The Aftermath
179
Selected Bibliography
187
Index
189
Copyright

Live from Hue
109

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George W. Smith is a journalist with the Hartford Courant. This Vietnam veteran's first book is "The Siege at Hue". He lives in West Hartford, Connecticut.

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