By Eric Hammel
I Corps, Vietnam, 1967—
the tale of a Marine Infantry Battalion's conflict for Survival
In the summer time of 1967, the Marines in I Corps, South Vietnam’s northernmost army area, have been doing eveything they can to lighten the strain at the besieged Con Thien strive against Base.
Still clean after months of particularly gentle motion round Khe Sanh, the 3d Battalion, twenty sixth Marines, was once despatched to the Con Thien area to safe the strive against bases’s endangered major provide direction. On September 7, 1967, its first complete day within the new zone of operations, separate components of the battalion have been attacked through no less than battalions of North Vietnamese infantry, and either have been approximately overrun in night-long battles.
On September 10, whereas advancing to a brand new quarter close to Con Thien, the 3d Battalion, twenty sixth Marines, was once attacked by way of at the very least a whole North Vietnamese regiment, an identical NVA unit that had attacked it days past. remoted into separate shielding perimeters, the Marines battled during the afternoon and night opposed to repeated attacks by means of waves of NVA regulars rationale upon reaching a big victory. In a conflict defined as “Custer’s final Stand—With Air Support,” the americans prevailed by means of the narrowest of margins.
Ambush Valley is an unforgettable account of bravery and survival lower than most unlikely stipulations. it truly is advised fullyyt within the phrases of the boys who confronted the ordeal together—an exceptional mosaic of motion and emotion woven into an exceptionally transparent and brilliant strive against narrative by means of one in every of today’s top-rated army historians. Ambush Valley achieves a brand new ordinary for oral heritage. It a warfare tale to not be missed.
PRAISE FOR AMBUSH VALLEY
“Ambush Valley recounts the heroic functionality in the summertime of 1967 of the 3d Battalion, twenty sixth Marines . . . because it defended the U.S. strive against base on a hill known as Con Thien. . . . [It] is a clean, hugely customized, and vibrant narrative targeting one “theater” of the Vietnam battle from the point of view of these who fought there.” ——Sea Power
“Another of Hammels harrowing eyewitness money owed of a Vietnam struggle crusade that continues to be a perplexing episode in a bitterly debated clash. . . . [The] firsthand memories find the money for a bright, inspiring list of bloody set-piece battles . . . ” —–Kirkus Reviews
“This harrowing motion is instructed virtually fullyyt within the phrases of the survivors in a method that resembles the script for a documentary. by means of switching backward and forward among voices Hammel is ready to strengthen or extend on moments within the motion; the machine elevates this oral background of small unit motion over so much of its kind.” —— Library Journal
“The determined protective strategies in addition to the uncooked feelings of the boys are vividly conveyed during this memorable mosaic of focused struggle. magnificent oral history." ——Publishers Weekly
“Hammel has expertly woven reminiscences of diverse individuals right into a concise but brilliant story of survival. I marvelled at his skill to provide an entire account with out gaps or reliance on prolonged narration. . . . I turned so concerned i didn't are looking to placed it down. ——Marine Corps Gazette
“The narrative is tough and gritty—from the gut.” ——Friday overview of safety Literature
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