John Francis Guilmartin, John Keegan's A Very Short War: The Mayaguez and the Battle of Koh Tang PDF
By John Francis Guilmartin, John Keegan
On could 12, 1975, below weeks after the autumn of Saigon, Khmer Rouge naval forces seized the S.S. Mayaguez, an American box send, off the Cambodian coast within the Gulf of Siam. The quick army reaction ordered through President Gerald Ford was once designed to recapture the Mayaguez, held at anchor off the island of Koh Tang, to disencumber her team, and to illustrate U.S. power and unravel within the fast aftermath of America's so much humiliating defeat.Guilmartin, a former air rescue helicopter pilot stationed in Thailand, offers a special and compelling account of the Mayaguez–Koh Tang situation, laying off new gentle at the politics, the strategies, the orders, the high-level choice makers, and the scuffling with males entangled in a vital army motion that almost resulted in catastrophe for U.S. forces.". . . a super and really transparent tactical learn that provides some degree of departure for broader reflections at the nature of contingency and uncertainty in all army operations."--Foreign Affairs"This is a phenomenal e-book. . . [Guilmartin's] paintings transcends the occasions themselves, illustrating a number of facets of guys in conflict. His insights and observations are compelling."--Journal of army History". . . written with the aptitude and pleasure of an experience novel. Even those that comprehend the result and the teachings of the Mayaguez incident will locate this booklet difficult to place down until eventually finished."--Proceedings
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Koh Tang Extraction Operations, 18402010 140 Page xi Foreword I have long been an admirer of John Guilmartin and his work, which was brought to my attention in the most casual of ways. " Renaissance history was not then an interest of mine, largely because I knew little about it, but I greatly respected Christopher Duffy's scholarly opinion, all the more because it was rarely expressed and he was sparing with praise. I soon laid hands on Gunpowder and Galleys and saw what Christopher meant. I continue to regard that slim bookboth an account and an analysis of the struggle between Christian Europe and Ottoman Turkey for control of the Mediterranean in the sixteenth centuryas among the two or three very best works of military history I have ever read.
The younger pilots had received their primary flight instruction in the army-run undergraduate helicopter pilot training program and had not been trained in air force formation procedures. 17 As events were to confirm, effective gunnery was being compromised by a lack of practice. 62-mm miniguns driven by their own electric motors. Accuracy was not an issue: the minigun puts out a stream of tracers that the gunner can aim instinctively like water from a hose. With a rate of fire of two thousand rounds per minute, the weapon was highly effective against ''soft" targets.
Page xxiii Acknowledgments This book could never have been written without the help of a host of individuals, not all of whom are named below for reasons of space and discretion. In addition to counsel and information, which in many cases I could have obtained in no other way, they provided the critical increment of motivation on a number of occasions just when it was most needed. Although I can never fully discharge my debt to them, I trust that the pages that follow will serve as partial payment.
A Very Short War: The Mayaguez and the Battle of Koh Tang (Texas a & M University Military History Series) by John Francis Guilmartin, John Keegan