In the end, the 1st of the 7th Cav prevailed and the enemy withdrew. He is very quickly killed attempting to lead his men back to safety, along with his platoon sergeant, who tried to rein him in, leaving Sergeant Savage, a young squad leader, in charge of the cut-off platoon. This book was not an easy book to read, but it clearly deserves the five stars that I gave it. This scene was , due to a quirk of certain bandwidths of radio signals. While patting the other soldier as the chopper is about to leave, he's shot and killed. They place the reader in the middle of things, and give you a feeling for the superhuman struggle which took place there.
The Commandant's choice for 1993 was We Were Soldiers Once. They landed in the middle of a regular Army North Vietnamese Division, well trained and fresh from their unimpeded journey from the north down the Ho Chi Minh trail in Cambodia. While it seems that a Viet Minh soldier using a Bazooka could be an anachronism, the French army widely used the M1A1, and during the Indochina War. They would just be mowed down. It is definitely not from the point of view of the ordinary soldier. Plumley and is terrified of him. The most moving part of the book is revealed in the closing chapters.
The man did his best to safeguard the young lives who were entrusted to his care, and bitterly regretted every life that was sacrificed. It is the only time I ever heard him mention it, I think he had to get drunk to talk of it and he did so with tears in his eyes. Its dropping right on top of you! The men who fought and died in the Ia Drang would beg to differ, but their story has been one that many would like to pretend didn't happen. Losing my father last year, an Army vet brings it even closer. We Were Soldiers 2002 We Were Soldiers is a 2002 Vietnam War film based on the book We Were Soldiers Once. Adapted from the acclaimed book We. In November 1965, some 450 men of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, under the command of Lt.
It was a turning point in the war because American troops became more involved in the fighting. What can be said in a paragraph about men who risked their lives and saw many of their friends die, often gruesome and bloody deaths? Between the decision not to extend tours of duty by the time someone was experienced, they were shipping back home, with new recruits having to learn the hard way and limiting forays into Cambodia to follow retreating or rearming North Vietnamese forces, it's the the same old story of politics getting in the way of battlefield tactics. The Viet Minh soldier in the center of the screen-cap has an M44 carbine while the other Viet Minh soldier has a Kar98k. Diduryk, then twenty-seven, had commanded this company since May. The film makes sure to show off soldiers who have suffered combat injuries, including one whose skin sloughs off after getting horribly burned by napalm. Colonel Moore described the battlefield, the perimeter, the strategy, the communication process, and administrative things in a way that sometimes left me flicking at my lips with my pointer finger. What kept me from sharing the elation was the knowledge that the events on the screen suddenly had no bearing on the actual historical events they pretended to depict.
Casualties, yes we had lots of them but by beating the enemy here the top brass at the Pentagon and Whitehouse thought we could come out witha a win. Though I was in a different type of combat mission, I could feel the fear and anxiety of the soldiers that went through these battles. The use of a Browning Hi-Power pistol by a member of the French Army at the time of the battle 1954 was not common, as either the or were the official French military sidearms used during that period. They were immediately surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese soldiers. Any maps will do really. To win, you must go to where the enemy is hiding. Think of when Osama Bin Laden was hiding in the Bora Bora mountains.
As is normally the case this actually sort of set the tone for everything real. A full length biography of Lt. There are two parts to the engagement: 1 U. It will sometimes make you cheer. Not shown in the movie was what happened the next day. A sidenote: Early in the conflict, the Army did not have a system in place for notifying families or even helping them cope with grief when their loved ones were killed in battle. First of all, at the risk of hyperbole, I must say that I wish every American would read this book.
Browning Hi-Power During the intro of the movie set in the Indochina War 1946-1954 , a French Officer Foreign Legionnaire uses his sidearm, a , to kill several Viet Minh soldiers before being killed himself. I was in junior high school when the battle of Ia-Drang took place. He was given a command of a batallion. More proof that this was a no-win situation: the U. The hairiest part of any operation was always the air assault.
He later mails the man's journal back to his wife. This is a must-read book for anyone interested in learning about the Vietnam War. He first compliments them for flying on a weekend even though they didn't have to, and states that since pilots won't fly into an area for anyone they don't know, he goes to introduce himself to them. The North Vietnamese claimed that they learned from the fight in the Ia Drang and they took copious notes about how to beat the Americans. The 7th was Custers and he got masacred.