Khe Sanh

Siege in the Clouds

Eric Hammel

The highly-acclaimed history of the siege of Khe Sanh from January to April 1968, using the accounts of 100 participants.
Date Published :
January 2018
Publisher :
Illustration :
16 pages of photos
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781612005904
Pages : 376
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock


In late 1967 as part of the Tet offensive, U.S. commanders hoped to lure the North Vietnamese Army into exposing large numbers of soldiers to their overwhelming air power. But in January 1968, a U.S. Marine Corps force found themselves surrounded by the enemy in their hilltop base at Khe Sanh.

The siege lasted for nearly three months and caught the attention of the world; for many it came to epitomize the conflict. Eric Hammel’s classic account is a vivid oral history, using the words of American fighting men caught up in the gruelling, deadly seventy-seven-day ordeal creates a harrowing tapestry of tragedy and triumph.

As two North Vietnamese Army divisions move to surround them, the vastly outnumbered U.S. Marines rush to strengthen their defenses at the isolated base and several nearby hilltop positions. The Communist forces repeatedly attack, are repeatedly repelled, and then dig in to take the American base by siege–the makings of a classic, modern “set-piece” strategy in which the defenders become bait to tie the attackers to fixed positions in which they can be pummelled and pulverized by American artillery and air support.

The gripping – and moving – narrative flows from the masterfully woven threads provided by nearly a hundred men who gallantly endured the wrenching all-out struggle to hold the combat base and its vulnerable outlying positions.

Re-issued in the fiftieth anniversary year of the siege, with an updated photo section and maps, this is a ground-breaking and influential history of this crucial landmark battle.

About The Author

Eric Hammel’s passion for writing military history books began when he was twelve years old. He established a formidable reputation as an author and journalist, with forty books and nearly seventy magazine articles to his name. A particular specialty was the U.S. Marine Corps at war, and he appeared in numerous television documentaries on Marine Corps operations in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Beirut. Eric Hammel passed in September 2020.


Glossary and Guide to Terms and Abbreviations
Phonetic Alphabet

PART ONE: Before
PART TWO: Assault
PART THREE: The Ring Closes
PART FIVE: Breakout

Source Notes


“I recommend this book to everyone who has an interest in the Vietnam War or who has an interest in the lives of men under fire. The author has marshalled his resources well, letting individuals tell their own stories and linking them together exceptionally well. This is top stuff. 5 stars.”

- Army Rumour Service

"Highly recommended, with detailed maps of the city and some good quality photographs. - Winner of the 'Miniature Wargames Recommends’ Award for June 2018.”

- Miniature Wargames

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