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We Were Soldiers Once...and Young: Ia Drang - The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Lt. General Ha Moore , Joseph Galloway
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29. Juni 2004
Each year, the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps selects one book that he believes is both relevant and timeless for reading by all Marines. The Commandant's choice for 1993 was We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young.
In November 1965, some 450 men of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, under the command of Lt. Col. Hal Moore, were dropped by helicopter into a small clearing in the Ia Drang Valley. They were immediately surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese soldiers. Three days later, only two and a half miles away, a sister battalion was chopped to pieces. Together, these actions at the landing zones X-Ray and Albany constituted one of the most savage and significant battles of the Vietnam War.
How these men persevered--sacrificed themselves for their comrades and never gave up--makes a vivid portrait of war at its most inspiring and devastating. General Moore and Joseph Galloway, the only journalist on the ground throughout the fighting, have interviewed hundreds of men who fought there, including the North Vietnamese commanders. This devastating account rises above the specific ordeal it chronicles to present a picture of men facing the ultimate challenge, dealing with it in ways they would have found unimaginable only a few hours earlier. It reveals to us, as rarely before, man's most heroic and horrendous endeavor.

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In the first significant engagement between American troops and the Viet Cong, 450 U.S. soldiers found themselves surrounded and outnumbered by their enemy. This book tells the story of how they battled between October 23 and November 26, 1965. Its prose is gritty, not artful, delivering a powerful punch of here-and-now descriptions that could only have been written by people actually on the scene. In fact, they were: Harold Moore commanded the men of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, who did most of the fighting, and Joseph Galloway was the only reporter present throughout the battle's 34 harrowing days. We Were Soldiers Once... combines their memories with more than 100 in-depth interviews with survivors on both sides. The Battle of Ia Drang also highlights a technological advance that would play an enormous role in the rest of the war: this was perhaps the first place where helicopter-based, air-mobile operations demonstrated their combat potential. At bottom, however, this is a tale of heroes and heroism, some acts writ large, others probably forgotten but for this telling. It was a bestseller when first published, and remains one of the better books available on combat during the Vietnam War. --John J. Miller -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


“A GUT-WRENCHING ACCOUNT OF WHAT WAR IS REALLY ALL ABOUT, which should be ‘must’ reading for all Americans, especially those who have been led to believe that war is some kind of Nintendo game.”

“Hal Moore and Joe Galloway have captured the terror and exhilaration, the comradeship and self-sacrifice, the brutality and compassion that are the dark heart of war.”
–NEIL SHEEHAN, author of A Bright Shining Lie

“A powerful and epic story . . . This is the best account of infantry combat I have ever read, and the most significant book to come out of the Vietnam War.”
–COLONEL DAVID HACKWORTH, author of the bestseller About Face

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You'll probably not post this on the book's website, but I feel compelled to comment on it. I myself am the author of a book on war and veterans, "Hell, Healing and Resistance: Veterans Speak," to be published this fall. I was not in Vietnam, but spent two years in Navy/Marines ROTC, with active duty '78-'80. However, I know many veterans of Vietnam and other wars of this century, who inspired me to write the book. In addition, I personally interviewed more than 40 veterans and collected over one hundred previously unpublished accounts. "We Were Soldiers Once and Young" was perhaps the most difficult book on Vietnam I have ever read. It is not the profanity or blood and gore which is hard to take (neither are overwhelming), but rather the loss of life on such a personal level. The tragedy of young boys thrust by circumstance into the "kill zone" is heartbreaking. And so needless! The two savage battles at X-Ray and Albany took place in November of 1965, before Vietnam was a household word. For those who believe Vietnam was the first televised war from beginning to end, this book proves otherwise. The carnage of Ia Drang was well-concealed from the American public. And mothers were informed of the death of their sons by anonymous yellow taxi cab drivers, who simply delivered "The Secretary of the Army regrets to inform you" telegrams into their quaking hands. What makes this book so devastating is the schizophrenia permeating every page. The depiction of personal tragedy and loss clashes violently with the acceptance of massive deaths on both sides. Only the military would attempt to intertwine love of comrades and tender remembrance of individual character with such blatant irreverence for human life. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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This outstanding account of the first major battle between American and North Vietnamese forces in the Vietnam War tells in gut-wrenching, eye-watering detail what close combat is all about. Authors Hal Moore and Joseph Galloway (Moore commanded the 1st Sqdn., 7th Cav., one of the two squadrons involved; Galloway was a journalist on the ground with Moore) have prepared a carefully researched, well documented account of U.S. and North Vietnamese actions at Ia Drang Valley in the fall of 1965. Importantly, they have drawn not just on American sources and their own experiences, but on official and personal accounts of their former enemies.
Ia Drang featured the new U.S. battlefield concept of airmobility and the North Vietnamese decided to give battle in a desperate attempt to find out the best way to deal with American helicopters and fire power. When Lt. Col. Moore and the 450 troopers of his 1/7th Cav. air assaulted into a small clearning in the Ia Drang Valley they were immediately surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese regulars. The fighting that ensued consumed Moore's squadron. The enemy increased his forces and applied even greater pressure on the Americans, and a sister unit, the 2/7th Cav., was chopped to ribbons. Enemy losses were extraordinarily high ... a price they were willing to pay to learn the lessons that would serve them on future battlefields.
The North Vietnamese did learn. They adjusted their tactics and modernized and increased the number of rocket propelled grenade launchers carried by infantry units. Additional heavy machine guns and anti-aircraft weapons were laboriously brought down the Ho Chi Minh Trail to beef up defenses in future operations.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Terrific Tale of Vietnam 6. Januar 2000
Had war planners in Washington D.C. experienced what Lieutenant Colonel Harold Moore saw in his first weeks of combat in 1965 the tragedy of America's involvement in the Vietnam War might well have been avoided. In the fall of 1965 Moore's 1st Battalion of the 7th Cavalry Regiment engaged North Vietnamese soldiers at Ia Drang.
The Battle for Ia Drang showed for the first time the steep cost American soldiers would pay in their engagements with the vietnamese communists and set into play a frustrating pattern that would persist until the end of the war- American units would inflict heavy casualties upon the communist forces, but the enemy would simply slip away into the underbrush, leaving behind nothing but dead Americans and an empty jungle.
"We Were Soldiers Once . . . And Young" is Moore and reporter Joseph Galloway's account of the 1st Cavalry Division's initial deployment to Vietnam and America's first combat actions with the North Vietnamese Army. The lessons Moore learned at Ia Drang showed just how difficult victory in Southeast Asia would be for American forces. The lessons learned by Moore and his troops would have served American decision-makers well.
"We Were Soldiers Once . . . And Young" is both a terrifically exciting narrative about the Battle of Ia Drang, and a cautionary tale about the clash between strategic planning and the tactical realities of warfare. Unrealistic assumptions can lead to tragic results. Good work.
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I was 7 years old when the extraordinary men and boys who would soon be men or remain so eternally landed at LZ X-ray in the Ia Drang Valley. Those who are my age know that we witnessed this war daily and only through the cynical eye that resided in our living rooms. What General Moore accomplishes in this book is no small feat: He is able to humanize the American soldiers who fought in Vietnam - something that was not done while the war was moving to its cacaphonous crescendo. I was not there and will never know the horror they lived through or died experiencing but Gen. Moore's story often brought tears to my eyes. It also brought a repentence to my soul for I will never again embrace the belief that our soldiers were inhuman tools of destruction instead of people who had friendships, families and lives.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen fascinating book
To read this book was at no moment boring, who would try to understand this conflict a little more, its origins and its outcome has to read this book.
Vor 5 Monaten von Jörg Speer veröffentlicht
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Fim und Buch
Ich bin auch ein Fan der Bücher von Cornelius Ryan DER LÄNGSTE TAG und DIE BRÜCKE VON ARENHEIM. Lesen Sie weiter...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen We Were Soldiers Once... and Young
Wer nur den Film kennt, denkt an Mel Gibson und einen hart erfochtenen amerikanischen Sieg der 7/1 AirCav. in Landingzone X-Ray. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 16 Monaten von Norbert Meyer veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Dramatischer, umfassender Bericht
Ein dramatischer, packender und umfassender Bericht über diese erste große Schlacht in Vietnam mit Einsatz der Airmobile Devision- auch die Perspektive der... Lesen Sie weiter...
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Veröffentlicht am 5. Juni 2011 von RÜDIGER
5.0 von 5 Sternen a real story about the real war: death and horror
After having seen the movie "We were soldiers" I was intrigued to see what had really happened in the Ia Drang valley in 1965. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 8. Oktober 2005 von Rince
3.0 von 5 Sternen Schwer zu beschreiben ( ... und zu lesen)
Ich habe das Buch in der englischen Ausgabe bestellt, nachdem ich den Film zwar beeindruckend fand, aber auch mit reichlich Pathos durchwachsen. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 11. November 2003 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Tatsachen- und Augenzeugenbericht erster Klasse!
Ein wirklich fantastisch geschriebenes Buch. Da die Autoren damals selber mit im Ia Drang Valley waren, schaffen sie es, den Leser von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite in ihren... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 28. Dezember 2002 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the Best Vietnam Story Ever Told
This is true narration of a story that happened on Nov 14, 1965 in the Ia Drang Valley, also known as the Valley of Death, where Moore and 400 young troopers from the US Cavalry... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 9. März 2002 von Ariel
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