Khe Sanh, 1967-68: Marines Battle for Vietnam's Vital Hilltop Base

Khe Sanh, 1967-68: Marines Battle for Vietnam's Vital Hilltop Base

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By (author) Gordon L. Rottman, Illustrated by Kevin Lyles

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 183mm x 246mm x 8mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 10 May 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1841768634
  • ISBN 13: 9781841768632
  • Illustrations note: 76 b&w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 379,363

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Khe Sanh was a small village in northwest South Vietnam that sat astride key North Vietnamese infiltration routes. In September 1966 of the Vietnam War (1955-1975), a Marine battalion deployed into the area. Action gradually increased as the NVA attempted to destroy Free World Forces bases, and the siege of Khe Sanh proper began in October 1967. The bitter fight lasted into July 1968 when, with the changing strategic and tactical situation, the base was finally closed. This book details the siege and explains how, although the NVA successfully overran a Special Forces camp nearby, it was unable to drive US forces from Khe Sanh.

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Gordon L Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He is now a freelance writer.