Vietnam Riverine Craft 1962-75Paperback New Vanguard
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- Publisher: Osprey Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 48 pages
- Dimensions: 178mm x 240mm x 6mm | 159g
- Publication date: 28 November 2006
- Publication City/Country: Osprey
- ISBN 10: 1841769312
- ISBN 13: 9781841769318
- Illustrations note: 40 B/W; 8 COL
- Sales rank: 238,028
In 1965 the military situation in the Mekong River Delta of southern Vietnam had deteriorated to such a degree that the decision was made to commit a joint US Army and Navy Mobile Riverine Force to the area. This force was unique in its composition, mission, and the means by which it operated - riverine craft. Comprising the Army's 2d Brigade, 9th Infantry Division, and the Navy's River Assault Flotilla One, it used a variety of watercraft, including heavily modified landing craft, purpose-built patrol boats, and a whole host of auxiliary and support craft. This book explores those craft, and also gives an account of Task Force Clearwater, a much smaller operation in the extreme northern part of South Vietnam.
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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 was a special operations forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Centre for 12 years and is now a freelance writer. The author lives in Texas, USA.
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