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    Lam Son 719 South Vietnam Invades Laos, 1971

    The Vietnam War’s best historian examines the costly attack on an enemy sanctuary. On February 8, 1971, less than two years after U.S. President Richard Nixon announced his intention to “Vietnamize” the war, troops f (ARVN) crossed...

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    Interactive: U.S. Tank Action in Iraq, 2004

    You are U.S. Army Lieutenant Nelson Patel, leader of a 1st Infantry Division tank platoon with four M1A1 Abrams tanks. Your unit is stationed at a forward operating base (FOB) near the city of Baqubah, 30 miles north of Baghdad, in support...

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    British Army Gurkhas

    Nepalese soldiers proved to be the British army’s “bravest of the brave.” “If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or he is a Gurkha.” This judgment by Indian army Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, who as a...

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    Two New Perspectives on the Kent State Shootings

    Just as the horrific 1968 My Lai massacre is the most notorious battlefront incident of the Vietnam War, the May 4, 1970, National Guard shootings at Kent State University—killing four students and wounding nine—is the most notorious...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    A Sergeant’s Prayer Is Answered

    The cavalry came to the rescue at Loc Ninh. Lieutenant Ed Knoll was awakened by his foot being gently pushed, the cautious and safe method of waking someone in combat. A handset was shoved in his face, and the radio telephone operator...

  • HistoryNet, Mag: Media Digest, Mag: Vietnam Events, Vietnam Magazine

    Counterinsurgency Lessons of Vietnam for Today’s Leaders

    After commanding a combat unit for the first seven months of my Vietnam tour, this reviewer was reassigned to Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, as an adviser for my last five months in the country. I received no training, instruction,...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Common Men, Uncommon Valor

    “Everything around you is just riddled with shrapnel. You see that right away. There isn’t anything that isn’t torn open; sandbags are ripped open, buildings are just shredded.” That’s how former Marine Ron Rees describes the...

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    Sino-Vietnamese War, 1979

    China sought to punish Vietnam, yet both sides claimed victory in the short but bloody war. On February 17, 1979, troops from the People’s Republic of China attacked the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in what became known as the...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Voices | Jim Roberts

    The lack of assistance for the South Vietnamese is a terrible black mark on our reputation. By the time Jim Roberts left the Navy in 1971, after two cruises to Vietnam aboard a destroyer, most Americans had turned against the war, but he...

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    Armchair General September 2014 Letter from the Editor: To End All Wars

    The global war that erupted in August 1914 was at the time variously called the Great War, the European War, or simply “the war.” Some referred to it as “the war to end all wars,” fervently hoping it would live up to that lofty...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Voices | Maj. Gen. James Jackson

    Out of 9 million U.S. veterans who served worldwide during the Vietnam War, 7 million are still living. It’s retired Maj. Gen. James Jackson’s job to make sure the country honors them during the war’s 50th anniversary. In May 2015...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    The Flying Banana

    Before the ubiquitous ‘Huey,’ an unsung hero brought mobility to Vietnam’s battlefields. When John F. Kennedy was elected president in 1960, he was faced with a multitude of problems concerning Vietnam. His military...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Night Jump into Dien Bien Phu

    Pierre Fauroux was born in 1921. He graduated from the French Military Academy at St. Cyr in 1942, when France’s Vichy government was dominated by Germany. In 1943 he escaped from France via Spain and joined the Free French movement...

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    Voices | Walt Sides, Rolling Thunder

    In 1973, when the first prisoners of war were freed by North Vietnam and returned to the United States, many veterans believed that the actual number of POWs was much higher. One of those veterans was Walt Sides, a gold medal marksman in...

  • Ask Mr. History

    What Happened to Marie Hill?

    Hello Mr. History, Recently I read Angela Y. Davis’ book “If They Come in the Morning.” In one chapter she outlines the cases of many Americans who were jailed because of their political opinions or their race. One of the...

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    You Command Solution: Battle on Golan Heights, 1973

    The July 2014 issue of Armchair General® presented the Combat Decision Game “Battle on Golan Heights, 1973.” This CDG placed readers in the role of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Captain Meir Zamir, commander of a company of 10 Centurion...