Saturday 17 November 2012

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Photo, above: Dong_Ha, Vietnam: Operation Hastings

JOHN BATCHELOR SHOW

Saturday 905P Eastern Time:   Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-75 by George J. Veith; 1 of 4

The defeat of South Vietnam was arguably America’s worst foreign policy disaster of the 20th Century. Yet a complete understanding of the endgame—from the 27 January 1973 signing of the Paris Peace Accords to South Vietnam’s surrender on 30 April 1975—has eluded us. Black April addresses that deficit. A culmination of exhaustive research in three distinct areas: primary source documents from American archives, North Vietnamese publications containing primary and secondary source material, and dozens of articles and numerous interviews with key South Vietnamese participants, this book represents one of the largest Vietnamese translation projects ever accomplished, including almost one hundred rarely or never seen before North Vietnamese unit histories, battle studies, and memoirs. Most important, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of South Vietnam’s conquest, the leaders in Hanoi released several compendiums of formerly highly classified cables and memorandum between the Politburo and its military commanders in the south. This treasure trove of primary source materials provides the most complete insight into North Vietnamese decision-making ever complied. While South Vietnamese deliberations remain less clear, enough material exists to provide a decent overview.

Saturday 920P Eastern Time:   Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-75 by George J. Veith; 2 of 4

Saturday 935P Eastern Time:  Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-75 by George J. Veith; 3 of 4

George J. Veith, a former Army captain, has written extensively on the Vietnam War and POWs/MIAs. He is most recently the author of Leave No Man Behind: Bill Bell and the Search for American POW/MIAs from the Vietnam War (2004). He has presented papers at major conferences, including the May 2008 conference in Paris on “War, Diplomacy, and Public Opinion: The Paris Peace Talks on Vietnam and the End of the Vietnam War (1968-1975).” He testified twice on the POW/MIA issue before the Congress

Saturday 950P Eastern Time:   Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-75 by George J. Veith; 4 of 4 By Sam EatonFormat:Hardcover|Amazon Verified Purchase

I was there until 19 April 1975 when my wife, I and our two daughters were evacuated in a USAF C-141. Despite the fact that Viet Nam today is a very different country to the North Viet Nam that invaded South Viet Nam and despite the fact that we have owned a home here in Viet Nam since 1997 and my wife and I have retired and live here almost full time, this is an incredibly painful book to read. All of that said, to the extent that I independently know the facts, the facts in this book are absolutely dead on. The level of detail and sympathy for both side's Soldiers that the authors display is commendable and refreshing. If the truth be told, I'd rather share a beer, and frequently do, with a PAVN Soldier than have anything to do with the Liberal American betrayers of South Viet Nam. I suspect that the authors feel much the same.

 

Saturday 1005P (705P Pacific):  Black Ops, Vietnam: An Operational History of MACVSOG by Robert M. Gillespie; 1 of 4

Without doubt the most unique U.S. unit to participate in the Vietnam War, the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Studies and Observations Group (MACVSOG) was a highly-classified, U.S. joint-service organization consisting of Army Special Forces, Navy SEALs, Marine Force Reconnaissance units, the Air Force, and the CIA. Committed to action in Southeast Asia even before the major U.S. build-up in 1965, it also fielded a division-sized element of South Vietnamese military personnel, indigenous Montagnards, ethnic Chinese Nungs, and Taiwanese pilots. During its nine-year existence, MACVSOG participated in most of the significant operations of the conflict, including the Gulf of Tonkin incident, the Tet Offensive, the incursion into Cambodia, the Green Beret murder case, the Phoenix program, and the Son Tay POW raid. The story of this extraordinary unit has never before been told in full and comes as a timely blueprint for today's unconventional warfare. Published in cooperation with the Association of the United States Army.

Saturday 1020P (720P Pacific):  Black Ops, Vietnam: An Operational History of MACVSOG by Robert M. Gillespie; 2 of 4

Saturday 1035P (735P Pacific):  Black Ops, Vietnam: An Operational History of MACVSOG by Robert M. Gillespie; 3 of 4

By Tom W. CunnighamI purchased this book as it is the first book, which named any U.S.Marines being involved with MACVSOG. That single piece of information had been a secret since 1964. Publicly, MACVSOG was a unit made up of U.S. Army personnel, mostly Special Forces and various other government agency 's, but no Marine Corps units were ever mentioned. I found out that one of our General's had passed away in December of last year so I imagine that was the reason our unit was included publicly in this book. We had been informed our presence was classified and would remain so. I was stunned to see our name listed as being involved with the Studies and Observation Group after all these years of anonymity. I have been reading this book slowly and making my own notes, so I have not as yet finished the book. For those that served time in Viet Nam, they may find this book interesting...for those involved during their career with SOG, I think they will be fascinated too. Semper Fi,

Saturday 1050P (750P Pacific):  Black Ops, Vietnam: An Operational History of MACVSOG by Robert M. Gillespie; 4 of 4

Saturday 1105P (805P Pacific):   Six Essential Elements of Leadership: Marine Corps Wisdom from a Medal of Honor Recipient (Leatherneck Original) by Col. Wesley L. Fox and USMC; 1 of 4

Saturday 1120P (820P Pacific):  Six Essential Elements of Leadership: Marine Corps Wisdom from a Medal of Honor Recipient (Leatherneck Original) by Col. Wesley L. Fox and USMC; 2 of 4

Saturday 1135P (835P Pacific):   Six Essential Elements of Leadership: Marine Corps Wisdom from a Medal of Honor Recipient (Leatherneck Original) by Col. Wesley L. Fox and USMC; 3 of 4

Saturday 1150P (850P Pacific):  Six Essential Elements of Leadership: Marine Corps Wisdom from a Medal of Honor Recipient (Leatherneck Original) by Col. Wesley L. Fox and USMC

Saturday/Sun 1205A (905 Pacific):  Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-75 by George J. Veith; 1 of 4

Saturday/Sun 1220A (920 Pacific):   Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-75 by George J. Veith; 2 of 4

Saturday/Sun 1235A (935P Pacific): Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-75 by George J. Veith; 3 of 4

Saturday/Sun 1250A  (950P Pacific):  Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-75 by George J. Veith; 4 of 4

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