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Black Ops, Vietnam: An Operational History of MACVSOG Kindle Edition
MACVSOG was without doubt the most unique U.S. unit to participate in the Vietnam War, since its operational mandate authorized its missions to take place over the fence” in North Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, where most other American units were forbidden to go. During its nine-year existence it managed to participate in most of the significant operations and incidents of the conflict. MACVSOG was there during the Gulf of Tonkin incidents, during air operations over North Vietnam, the Tet Offensive, the secret bombing of and ground incursion into Cambodia, Operation Lam Son 719, the Green Beret murder case, the Easter Invasion, the Phoenix Program, and the Son Tay POW Raid. The story of this extraordinary unit has never before been told in full and comes as a timely blueprint for combined-arms, multi-national unconventional warfare in the post-9/11 age.
Unlike previous works on the subject, Black Ops, Vietnam is a complete chronological history of the unit drawn from declassified documents, memoirs, and previous works on the subject, which tended to focus only on particular aspects of the unit’s operations.
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-- Canadian Military Journal --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B005N93GCC
- Publisher : Naval Institute Press; Illustrated edition (15 September 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 1625 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 322 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1591143217
- Best Sellers Rank: 319,915 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Although some reviewers have grumbled about logistics, administration, chain of command and other facets of the book, it is important to recognize that even though some SOG activities were harrowing and dangerous, that above all it was a military institution and had to plow through the necessary baggage that all such organizations do.
For solid, comprehensive reading and to provide readers the background essential to understand fully some of the more mission-focused works on SOG, Black Ops is required reading.
I highly recommend it and it shall occupy a proud place in my MACVSOG library. And should in yours, also.
Very good read - especially when over laid upon history unfolding today in Afghanistan - makes you wonder why we forget so much each time around! Laos was a lousy place to play (landlocked wars always are and always will be) but our guys of today in Afghanistan (and I am focusing on SOF only here) obviously got the goods to really take the game to the bad guys this time around. We were many times surprised to find out where were when dropped off over the fence. Today teh intell and tech support affords them the best in intell and ability to really plan before climbing aboard for a hunt and peek!! God Bless them and their families for what they are achieving every day after 9/11! George W. "Sunny" Hewitt (CCS/CCN - MACSOG Recon)