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Published to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, this new paperback edition brings back into print a book that became an essential source for a 2006 study of the battle by the U.S. Army's Center of Military History. It takes a critical look at what went wrong in early 1968 during one of the first engagements of Tet, when a U.S. infantry battalion was ordered to attack a large North Vietnamese force near Hue City without air or artillery support. The tragic military foul-up resulted in over 60 percent casualties for the 2d Battalion, 12th Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, when the soldiers were surrounded by the enemy and began running out of ammunition. The bold decision by battalion commander Lt. Col. Richard Sweet to break out with his remaining soldiers under cover of darkness saved this encirclement from being a total disaster. Author Charles Krohn, the unit's intelligence officer at the time, provides a much-needed analysis of what took place and fills his account with details that have been confirmed as factual by other survivors. Krohn examines the battalion s involvement in two other major attacks for lessons learned when vital systems break down lessons, he says, that are timeless and applicable anywhere. This book is published in cooperation with the Association of the United States Army.
Charles A. Krohn, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, is a combat veteran of Vietnam. As a civilian, he served as the Pentagon s deputy chief of public affairs from 2001 to 2004, including three months in Iraq as an adviser to the director of the Infrastructure Recons
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Lost Battalion of Tet
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By: Brigadier General J. W. Nicholson, US Army (Ret)
Only one who was there during the terrible fighting outside Hue during Tet ?68 could have written this exceptional book. It is the most compelling account I?ve ever read about how an infantry battalion was sent on a dicey mission without artillery support, without their backpacks, and with inadequate provisions for re-supply ? all due to multiple miscalculations of senior commanders. This battalion was rapidly surrounded by a NVA Regiment. The Lost Battalion of Tet will keep readers on the edge of their chair, reliving one narrow escape after another described in explicit detail. The most gripping episode is how the battalion commander decides to leave 11 dead Americans behind in order to improve his battalion?s chances of escaping in a daring nighttime breakout. The options were: annihilation or surrender.
This book gives new meaning to the consequences of inattention to command responsibility, as well as obedience to impossible orders by a brave battalion.
The names of 81 killed in action are listed in an annex. In the history of the 12th Cavalry Regiment, only 32 Distinguished Service Crosses have been awarded. Eleven were awarded to members of the 2/12th Cavalry during the 6-week period described in this book.
THE LOST BATTALION OF TET
Monday, March 18, 2013
I was there and know for a fact this is the most accurate book I have read about the Viet Nam War. It was a terrible mistake by our higher up leaders.