Bait

The Battle of Kham Duc

James McLeroy, Gregory Sanders

An account of the battle of Kham Duc, one of the least known and most misunderstood battles in the American Phase of the Second Indochina War (1959 to 1975).
Date Published :
November 2019
Publisher :
Casemate
Language:
English
Illustration :
50 images
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781612008127
Pages : 272
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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The strategic potential of the three-day attack of two NVA regiments on Kham Duc, a remote and isolated Army Special Forces camp, on the eve of the first Paris peace talks in May 1968, was so significant that former President Lyndon Johnson included it in his memoirs. This gripping, original, eyewitness narrative and thoroughly researched analysis of a widely misinterpreted battle at the height of the Vietnam War radically contradicts all the other published accounts of it. In addition to the tactical details of the combat narrative, the authors consider the grand strategies and political contexts of the U.S. and North Vietnamese leaders.



About The Author
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Both co-authors are former Army officers and Vietnam War veterans. James D. McLeroy lived at Kham Duc and led an elite group of U.S. and indigenous Special Forces troops in the battle.

Gregory W. Sanders witnessed a detailed analysis of the battle at the Americal Division headquarters prior to a joint U.S. and South Vietnamese Army (ARVN) operation at and around Kham Duc in 1970.

REVIEWS
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"For an authentic, detailed view of how large battles between U.S. combined-arms forces and regular North Vietnamese Army forces were fought in Vietnam in 1968, 'Bait: The Battle of Kham Duc' is required reading."

- General H. Hugh Shelton, 14th Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

This first-hand, exhaustively documented account of a large battle in the Vietnam War shows the decisive role of air power in all its forms."

- Carl Schneider, Major General, USAF (ret.)

“…a vivid, original narrative and authoritative analysis of the large but little known 1968 Battle of Kham Duc at the height of the Vietnam War. McLeroy's participation in it gives this deeply researched narrative and analysis an authenticity missing in combat accounts by writers who have not experienced the events they write about. As a multi-year Vietnam veteran, I have studied the war for over 40 years and taught its history to military and civilian students. I will now add this excellent book to the recommended reading list for my course and strongly recommend it to anyone seriously interested in Vietnam War history.”

- Andrew Finlayson, Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.)

“the most authentic account to date of the historic battle of Kham Duc in the Vietnam War. It convincingly explains why, contrary to all other accounts, it was an American tactical victory. Well written, impressively researched, and filled with new details, 'Bait' is highly recommended for scholars, students, and general readers of military history.”

- Robert Turner, Professor and Distinguished Fellow, University of Virginia

"A richly detailed micro (or case) study that sheds light on the meta-pattern not only of the Vietnam War, but on war itself.”

- Arthur Hansen, Professor of History (ret.), California State University

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