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    Comments on Moore's Review of Herrington

    Bill,

    Herrington's book is an outstanding memoir of what it meant to be an adviser at the time, and your review captures the essence. I was on the CORDS team in the adjacent province, Tay Ninh,...
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    David: Thanks very much. I greatly appreciate...

    David:

    Thanks very much. I greatly appreciate the information.

    Cheers,
    Mike.
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    Davidbfpo Couldn't agree more re: some...

    Davidbfpo

    Couldn't agree more re: some reasons UK pulled its punches. Re: the shadow cast by the holocaust: This lent cachet to British Jewish efforts to influence the UK Government, and most...
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    Tequila: Concur. Atlee's gov't was resolved to...

    Tequila: Concur. Atlee's gov't was resolved to disengage from the area, for sure. I suggest Stern atrocities reenforced this (and perhaps accelerated the timetable).

    While the empire wasn't run...
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    Stern Gang, Etc.

    No question these groups undermined the Mandate and likely heightened the Labor Government's resolve to disengage...But the pertinent question, I think, is would such terrorist tactics have worked...
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    Re: Bill Moore's response to my question on...

    Re: Bill Moore's response to my question on momentum:

    Bill,

    I'd say your comment on momentum only taking us so far, as when an enemy is free to regroup in a cross border sanctuary, is spot...
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    Owen West,The Snake Eaters....I highly recommend...

    Owen West,The Snake Eaters....I highly recommend this book.

    I had as much difficulty putting this one down as I did Owen's father Bing's The Village. Like The Village in an Iraqi context, the...
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    Reply to Bill Moore's of 22 July

    1) The 1964 episode received wide publicity through National Geographic Mag, which featured it in the January 1965 issue of the magazine. The story focused on successful US Army SF efforts to defuse...
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    Re: Fuchs/Montagnards

    Regret (1) I stumbled onto this belatedly and (2) the sidetrack
    Nevertheless, Fuchs, to clarify: Both sides made ample use of Montagnards. We even had a name for the ones on the other side: "VCM."...
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    I appreciate the comment, Mike, and your...

    I appreciate the comment, Mike, and your suggestion. I ought to point out, though, that to us on the Big Island, Oahu is a world away....

    Cheers,
    Mike.
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    David Elliott, The Vietnamese War. Revolution and...

    David Elliott, The Vietnamese War. Revolution and Social Change in the Mekong Delta 1930-1975. Concise Edition. I had previously read excerpts, but finally bought the book, albeit in abridged form. ...
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    Concur in the foregoing. On War Comes to Long An:...

    Concur in the foregoing. On War Comes to Long An: I agree, it's probably an essential read and, as suggested, I have indeed reread my copy at least three times. However, one would be advised to...
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    Crawford--Couple of books for your...

    Crawford--Couple of books for your consideration...Brother Enemy. The War After the War. A History of Indochina Since the Fall of Saigon. By Nayan Chanda, Pub:Harcourt Brace Yovanovich,...
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    Afterthought: As a former CORDS guy, I think I...

    Afterthought: As a former CORDS guy, I think I ought to mention the one book that is thoroughly dedicated to providing a balanced account of CORDS, Pacification, by Richard A. Hunt. Reads like a...
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    I'd like to second Old Eagle's addition of Pike's...

    I'd like to second Old Eagle's addition of Pike's PAVN to the list. I think it's worth mentioning that among other useful insights, the book presents a succinct and lucid explanation of what occurred...
  16. In A Better War, author Sorely discusses (p. 297)...

    In A Better War, author Sorely discusses (p. 297) a survey of soldiers in Vietnam addressing such questions, conducted by the Army April-May 1971. One of the researchers was then-Captain Barry...
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    Just finished reading The Last Valley--Dien Bien...

    Just finished reading The Last Valley--Dien Bien Phu and the French Defeat in Indochina by Martin Windrow, and I am impressed. Perhaps the definitive work on the subject. (I confess I haven't read...
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    Thanks for posting. Useful especially, IMO, for...

    Thanks for posting. Useful especially, IMO, for the example of the use of a "lokale Polizei/Burgerwehr."

    Cheers,
    Mike.
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    1) For the war between ARVN and PAVN after US...

    1) For the war between ARVN and PAVN after US disengagement, you might wish to see Col William Le Gro's Cease Fire to Capitulation..Col Le Gro ran intel at the Office of the Defense Attache, Saigon,...
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    No knowledge about such reconstruction asistance. However, Iran was one of the four participants in the International Commission for Control and Supervision (ICCS) created to monitor implementation...
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    The Insurgent Archipelago by John Mackinlay

    Learned about the book from SWJ. The author contends:

    1) Jihadism is but one phase of a worldwide insurgency that will bedevil us for decades and that is an expression of alienation of 3rd world...
  22. Poll: Re: Mike F on Intro p.4

    Re: the lines Mike F quoted from p.4 of the Intro on the importance of placing the wellbeing of civilians ahead of killing the enemy, and the importance of convincing threatened populations that we...
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    Mike F Comment

    Mike, thanks again. I say "again" because I acquired The Village War solely on the basis of your recommendation in that piece you contributed to the SWJ maybe some 18 months ago... I have read Once...
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    Because it has just been reissued, I decided to...

    Because it has just been reissued, I decided to reread, after decades, my 1972 edition of Jeffrey Race, War Comes to Long An. Reaction:

    Deserves to be read, but I'd recommend doing so in tandem...
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    Re: comparing VN to Afghan---Sure, you've got to...

    Re: comparing VN to Afghan---Sure, you've got to be perceived as the likely winner before the people will bet their lives on you--Isn't that a given in any insurgency?

    In General, strikes me the...
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