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Back to the Modern Discussion to Message Board. Back to the Historical Media Message Board. Back to the Cold War Message Board. Interesting list, but I wasn't expecting so many high-level memoirs on it. I would have had "Chickenhawk" at least on it, and "The Lost Battalion of Tet" think I got that right could be a contender simply for its anger. Somewhere I have a book that's the diary of a magazine journalist there, filled with little vignettes and attempts to find moments of value in the war.


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Thought the ECW was the "war without an enemy" 'til I read Lindsay's list — not a single contribution from the other side of the conflict. Are helicopter pilots stories both of which I found more interesting than Chickenhawk, which iswell worth a read as well. There are a number of very good tactical histories available as well.

Two of the books mentioned by Stosstruppen fall into this bracket but I'm afraid I wouldn't recommend Nam by Mark Baker, while it has some good bits I'm afraid its lack of names and sources and the fact that some of it smacks to much of "Sven Hassel does the Nam. If you want a similar but much better book of this type read Dear America Letters from Vietnam. If I was to recommend one book as a Vietnam primer it would be Dear America. If we're looking at Vietnamese memoirs, Le Ly Hayslip's When Heaven and Earth changed places is excellent, albeit depressing as all hell.

Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums. MiG Hunters. I fall into step with the song circling in my brain. I hear the tune; the chorus coming to me in a flash. Mmmm… yes, I understand. In the last 42 years, spouse and I have visited World war One hospitals, memorials and cemeteries in France and Belgium, and spent Anzac Day one year in the Jerusalem cemetery.

But going to Gallipoli was, surprisingly, more emotional. And not just because of its symbolism in Australian national history. More, I think, because the location is not remote from the front line, cleaned up and safe. You can walk on those cliffs… and see from one set of trenches to the other.

Thanks for dropping by Hels. Have been to Europe several times, but those WW1 sites remain on my list to see. Ian, you are such a terrific writer. So much emotion and heartfelt feeling here.

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Long after war many still fight a private battle inside and it never leaves them. Thank you so much Phil. Wonderful, Ian. I know there are many former soldiers out there with their own private wars. I loved the vignette you gave here. Touching and understandable, as well as sad. Ian, this is such a moving piece and a strong statement about the senseless human toll of war. All wars are cruel and what an especially cruel and hellish war World War I was.

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The gross miscalculations that were made, the way young men were sent like lambs to the slaughter in places like Gallipoli, so disturbing, and thank you for the history about it. Vietnam was another cruel, senseless war. I lost friends in Vietnam. Thank you for the song link. The images with it are haunting. Well written indeed Ian — Thanks for another wonderful piece and it is very touching.

I was not aware of Gallipoli so I learnt something new today. Thanks for reading Lanthie.

I appreciate your encouragement. Hmmm, not sure about that. Do the Americans mark July 4th more than the withdrawal from Vietnam? Thanks for dropping by Claud. Thanks for reading BigD.

Blood Trails: The Combat Diary of a Foot Soldier in Vietnam

He was killed three days before the armistice in the first world war. Your powerful descriptions in this piece of the confusion and terror of battle remind me of his work. No one can make sense of the madness of war, least of all the young men caught up in its horror. It remains an inexplicable mystery, an indelible stain on our humanity. Thanks NP. Shall certainly look him up.

I did find those personal takes shocking. I appreciated the history lesson on the Australians who fought the Turks in Gallipoli…the photos of boy soldiers in the video were heart-breaking. Just unconscionable, really, to think of all those lives lost and for what? Thank you so much Kris. Vietnam would have been my worst nightmare and I remember reading about Gallipoli when I was younger and thinking what a terrible waste it was.

A moving read Ian, thanks.

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Thanks for reading. I love the light, free-flowing stream of your language, resplendent with audio-visual imagery, packing a lot more between the lines than mere words can express. Thanks for the treat, Ian! Your email address will not be published. Yes, add me to your mailing list. Hels on April 30, at pm. Ian In the last 42 years, spouse and I have visited World war One hospitals, memorials and cemeteries in France and Belgium, and spent Anzac Day one year in the Jerusalem cemetery. IanC on April 30, at pm. Phil on April 29, at am.

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