Vietnam at War: The History, 1946-1975

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Presidio Press, 1988 - Technology & Engineering - 838 pages
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Weaving together the histories of three distinct conflicts, Phillip B. Davidson follows the entire course of the Vietnam War, from the initial French skirmishes in 1946 to the dramatic fall of Saigon nearly thirty years later. His connecting thread is North Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap, a remarkable figure who, with no formal military training, fashioned a rag-tag militia into one of the world's largest and most formidable armies. By focusing on Giap's role throughout the war, and by making available for the first time a wealth of recently declassified North Vietnamese documents, Davidson offers unprecedented insight into Hanoi's military strategies, an insight surpassed only by his inside knowledge of American operations and planning.

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Vietnam at war: the history, 1946-1975

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An outstanding operational history of three Indochina warsthe French, 1946-54, the American, 1964-72, and the Vietnamese, 1973-75this is also a presentation of the orthodox U.S. military perspective ... Read full review


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Phillip B. Davidson, a retired Army lieutenant general, not only spent two years in Vietnam as the chief intelligence officer to Generals Westmoreland and Abrams, but prior to that was Assistant Professor of Military History at West Point. The editors of Encyclopedia Britannica have recently
commissioned him to rewrite their entry on the Vietnam War.

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