Special Forces Camps in Vietnam, 1961-1970

Special Forces Camps in Vietnam, 1961-1970

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By (author) Gordon L. Rottman, Illustrated by Chris Taylor

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 246mm x 6mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 30 August 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1841768391
  • ISBN 13: 9781841768397
  • Illustrations note: 62 b&w illustrations, 2 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 418,137

Product description

In 1961 US special forces units began etering remote areas of Vietnam dominated by the Viet Cong. Their task was to organise local defence and strike forces aimed at stopping the enemy from gaining further control of such areas. The Green Berets set up fortified camps akin to forts of the old American Frontier, but adapted to modern warfare, from which indigenous troops defended local villages and attacked and harassed the enemy. How these camps were constructed, developed and defended is documented here for the first time. This book also covers the weapons, barriers and obstacles used in these camps, providing spesific examples of camp design and details how they withstood the test of battle against a determined and resourceful enemy.

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Author information

Gordon L Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group until reassigned to the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70. Gordon worked as a civilian contract Special Operations Forces Intelligence Specialist at the Army's Joint Readiness Center, Fort Polk, until 2002. He now devotes himself to full-time writing and research. Chris Taylor was born in Newcastle, UK, but now lives in London. After attending art college in his home town, he graduated in 1995 from Bournemouth University with a degree in computer graphics. Since then he has worked in the graphics industry and is currently a freelance illustrator for various publishing companies. He has a keen interest in filmmaking and is currently co-producing a movie.

Table of contents

Introduction; Chronology; The Buon Enao experiment; Design and development; Camp design; Camp construction; Daily life for the defenders; The test of battle; Aftermath; Bibliography and further reading; Glossary; Index