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The bloody monthlong battle for the Citadel in Hue pitted US Marines against an entrenched North Vietnamese Army force By official accounts it was a tactical and moral victory for the Marines and the United States But here survivor Nicholas Warr describes with urgency and outrage the Marines' savage house to house fighting ordered without air naval or artillery support by officers with no experience in that type of combatSparing few in the telling Warr's firsthand narrative tells of desperate Marine suicide charges and of the Marines' selfless devotion to their comrades His riveting account of the most vicious urban combat since World War II offers an unparalleled view of how a small unit commander copes with the conflicting demands and responsibilities thrust upon him by the enemy his men and the chain of command


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    The author was a Marine platoon leader 1 Marine squad 13 men a platoon several squads who wrote this book because his therapist recommended it as a way to extirpate the demons of war which the author believes ruined his marriages and his life for decades The book is about the battle to retake the once beautiful former capital of Vietnam Hue It was siezed in the Tet offensive of 1968 by the NVA North Vietnamese Army from the weak ARVN Army of the Republic of Viet Nam forces guarding it The author's platoon's first and last contact with the enemy was around Phase Line Green the front line Because of a miscommunication the platoon believed it had not yet reached the front line They walked abreast into the street and were machine gunned by the enemy After the author lost his platoon he became an observer for his company's mortar assets to direct fire precisely A sad aspect of this battle was that because Hue was a beautiful and historic city the US did not want to use their best weapon artillery because it would destroy the city Instead they sent Marines in to fight an urban battle without supporting fire After the NVA chewed up many Marine companies the US command slowly and gradually allowed and powerful firepower to be used mortars recoilless rifle tanks tanks then artillery This battle was the context for a famous yet perhaps apocryphal quote from a Marine officer which I paraphrase In order to save the city we had to destroy it Smarmy leftists like to use this quote to point up the stupidity of the war But now you know what this officer really meant We didn't want to waste any American lives we decided to kill the enemy with artillery we unintentionally flattened the city so sue me This book is at the platoon level so be prepared for many details about fighting Do not expect a presentation of the big picture The author is a humble man whose writing is good and he portrays the events clearly and in an interesting way