By John Francis Guilmartin, John Keegan
On may perhaps 12, 1975, under weeks after the autumn of Saigon, Khmer Rouge naval forces seized the S.S. Mayaguez, an American box send, off the Cambodian coast within the Gulf of Siam. The rapid army reaction ordered through President Gerald Ford was once designed to recapture the Mayaguez, held at anchor off the island of Koh Tang, to free up her group, and to illustrate U.S. energy and unravel within the fast aftermath of America's such a lot humiliating defeat.Guilmartin, a former air rescue helicopter pilot stationed in Thailand, offers a distinct and compelling account of the Mayaguez–Koh Tang challenge, laying off new gentle at the politics, the strategies, the orders, the high-level choice makers, and the scuffling with males entangled in an important army motion that almost resulted in catastrophe for U.S. forces.". . . an excellent and enormously transparent tactical research that provides some degree of departure for broader reflections at the nature of contingency and uncertainty in all army operations."--Foreign Affairs"This is a phenomenal ebook. . . [Guilmartin's] paintings transcends the occasions themselves, illustrating a variety of facets of guys in conflict. His insights and observations are compelling."--Journal of army History". . . written with the aptitude and pleasure of an experience novel. Even those that recognize the end result and the teachings of the Mayaguez incident will locate this publication demanding to place down till finished."--Proceedings
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Extra resources for A Very Short War: The Mayaguez and the Battle of Koh Tang (Texas a & M University Military History Series)
It was the first serious thought that I had given to undertaking a discrete study of the Mayaguez affair. My lecturing and teaching duties at Newport forced me to address contemporary defense issues in a more comprehensive and systematic way than I had done previously. At the same time, interaction with staff, faculty colleagues, and students in the serious yet extraordinarily open and free-wheeling intellectual atmosphere of the place forced me to rethink my ideas on the theory of war. In the process, I was struck by the extent to which certain prevalent, and in my view erroneous, notions and assumptions concerning war had become imbedded in our national consciousness.
My research at Newport was aided immeasurably by the SECNAV Research secretaries, Barbara Atkins and Paula Hanson. I owe them a special debt of gratitude for keeping the administrative aspects of my existence under control, holding at bay the minions of finance, travel, security, and all the rest. By serving as extensions of my personaand by bringing their delightful senses of humor into play on appropriate (and frequently unexpected) occasionsthey enhanced my productivity enormously. I am indebted as well to the personnel of the USAF Historical Research Center, Maxwell AFB, Alabama (AFHRC), particularly Marvin L.
I am particularly indebted to Colonel Davis and his wife, Sue, for their warm hospitality during my visit to their home in Virginia in September 1991. At that time Jim and I visited the Vietnam War Memorial to review the names of our fallen comrades at the bottom of the last, tragic panel. It was there that this book began to assume its final shape, written for the men whose names we reviewed that Saturday morning. I am also obligated to Chief Master Sgt. ), pararescueman extraordinaire and the last man off the island, for reviewing my account of the final extraction one more time.
A Very Short War: The Mayaguez and the Battle of Koh Tang (Texas a & M University Military History Series) by John Francis Guilmartin, John Keegan