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 zone, have been doing eveything they can to lighten the strain at the besieged Con Thien wrestle Base.
Still clean after months of quite gentle motion round Khe Sanh, the 3d Battalion, twenty sixth Marines, was once despatched to the Con Thien zone to safe the strive against bases’s endangered major provide direction. On September 7, 1967, its first complete day within the new quarter of operations, separate parts of the battalion have been attacked through not 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 zone close to Con Thien, the 3d Battalion, twenty sixth Marines, was once attacked by means of at the least an entire North Vietnamese regiment, a similar NVA unit that had attacked it days past. remoted into separate protective perimeters, the Marines battled during the afternoon and night opposed to repeated attacks by means of waves of NVA regulars purpose upon reaching an incredible victory. In a conflict defined as “Custer’s final Stand—With Air Support,” the american citizens prevailed by way of the narrowest of margins.
Ambush Valley is an unforgettable account of bravery and survival less than most unlikely stipulations. it truly is informed solely within the phrases of the boys who confronted the ordeal together—an exceptional mosaic of motion and emotion woven into a really transparent and bright strive against narrative through certainly one of today’s greatest army historians. Ambush Valley achieves a brand new general for oral heritage. It a battle 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 custom-made, and shiny narrative concentrating on one “theater” of the Vietnam battle from the point of view of these who fought there.” ——Sea Power
“Another of Hammels harrowing eyewitness debts of a Vietnam warfare crusade that continues to be a perplexing episode in a bitterly debated clash. . . . [The] firsthand reminiscences come up with the money for a vibrant, inspiring list of bloody set-piece battles . . . ” —–Kirkus Reviews
“This harrowing motion is instructed nearly solely within the phrases of the survivors in a mode that resembles the script for a documentary. by way of switching backward and forward among voices Hammel is ready to strengthen or extend on moments within the motion; the gadget elevates this oral background of small unit motion over so much of its kind.” —— Library Journal
“The determined shielding strategies in addition to the uncooked feelings of the lads are vividly conveyed during this memorable mosaic of targeted struggle. fabulous oral history." ——Publishers Weekly
“Hammel has expertly woven memories of diverse individuals right into a concise but brilliant story of survival. I marvelled at his skill to offer an entire account with out gaps or reliance on prolonged narration. . . . I grew to become so concerned i didn't are looking to placed it down. ——Marine Corps Gazette
“The narrative is tough and gritty—from the gut.” ——Friday assessment of protection Literature
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Ambush Valley: I Corps, Vietnam, 1967 by Eric Hammel