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Breakout of the 2/12th Cavalry at Hue
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781591144342
  • Binding: Paperback & eBook
  • Era: 20th Century
  • Number of Pages: 210
  • Subject: Vietnam War
  • Date Available: February 2008
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" unearthing the truth and enabling honest conversations to take place about what happened, Krohn has performed a valuable service, both to the Army and to the memory of his dead comrades. If there is any justice in the world, The Lost Battalion of Tet will become a hallowed U.S. Army classic. Its pages convey greater candor, realism, and a sense of immediacy to today’s U.S. military professional than the pages of nearly all of the other books enshrined today as essential Army reading. All U.S. Army students, from cadets to colonels at the War College, can enjoy—and gain grim lessons from—this exciting, tragic, and searingly honest book."Cicero (Jan. 2015)

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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 2nd 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.

Praise for The Lost Battalion of Tet

“Readers who are interested in the Vietnam War will find The Lost Battalion of Tet well worth reading. It is both a source of inspiration, learning about the heroism of the men in combat, and an eye-opener, reading about the verified mistakes of so many senior officers at higher headquarters.”

The Journal of America’s Military Past, Fall 2011

"A young soldier's duty is to fight, and an old soldier's duty is to remember. This updated editon of Charles Krohn's first-hand account of the 2/12th Cavalry at Hue is the best sort of remembering: gripping, inspiring, and tragically tmely. In warfare, the names and places change, but human foibles and human heroism stay exactly the same."

Nathaniel Fick, author of One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer

Customer Reviews
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Average Customer Reviews
5.00 Stars
A Gripping Tale
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
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.
Monday, March 18, 2013
By: William
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.


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