While South Vietnamese soldiers and their American allies were fighting the North Vietnamese
regular troops and the Vietcong, some South Vietnam generals were friends with North Vietnam.
This first book covers the military aspects of South Vietnam's defeat and addresses five critical questions: (1) when did the North Vietnamese
decide to renew the war; (2) how did they disguise their decision and construct a surprise assault on Ban Me Thuot; (3) why did President Nguyen Van Thieu withdraw his regular military forces from the Central Highlands; (4) what triggered South Vietnam's fall militarily in 55 days; and (5) was the South Vietnamese military inept?
Hartman spent the next three days hiding from the North Vietnamese
who were scouring the area.
The Wild Weasel mission, among the most dangerous assignment for any USAF pilot, is charted with new interviews with American pilots and North Vietnamese
missile techs describing different aspects of conflict and strategy development.
A US official said Wednesday that investigators hoped talks with former North Vietnamese
soldiers would lead to progress on the fate of two American journalists captured in the area, though he declined to name those involved.
troops who had just been released from a North Vietnamese
In spite of all the ordnance dropped on them, the lopsided casualties suffered by the Vietcong and North Vietnamese
Army regulars, and the technological advantages of the United States, the North Vietnamese
never concluded that they had lost.
Nine biographies, approximately five pages each, are included for Presidents Johnson and Nixon, State Department officials George Ball and Henry Kissinger, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, General William Westmoreland, South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem, and North Vietnamese
leaders Ho Chi Minh and Vo Nguyen Giap.
Just four hours after the last Americans were evacuated from Saigon, the South Vietnamese government surrendered to North Vietnamese
military advisers in Vietnam had risen from under 700 to roughly 16,000, and fighting between South Vietnamese and North Vietnamese
troops, aided by Communist guerrillas in the South known as the Vietcong, had intensified.
Instead of the announced cease fire, North Vietnamese
and Viet Cong forces launched country-wide attacks against South Vietnamese cities beginning the night of Jan.
She even donned a North Vietnamese
helmet and posed for pictures sitting at the controls of one of those anti-aircraft guns.