On April 29, 1968, the North Vietnamese Army is spotted less than four miles from the U.S Marines Dong Ha Combat Base Intense fighting develops in nearby Dai Do as the 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, known as the Magnificent Bastards, struggles to eject NVA forces from this strategic position.Yet the BLT 2 4 Marines defy the brutal onslaught Pressing forward, Americas finest warriors rout the NVA from their fortress hamletsoften in deadly hand to hand combat At the end of two weeks of desperate, grinding battles, the Marines and the infantry battalion supporting them are torn to shreds But against all odds, they beat back their savage adversary The Magnificent Bastards captures that gripping conflict in all its horror, hell, and heroism.Superb among the best writing on the Vietnam War Nolan has skillfully woven operational records and oral history into a fascinating narrative that puts the reader in the thick of the action.Jon T Hoffman, author of ChestyReal and gripping combat with all the warts on.Lieutenant General Victor H Krulak, USMC Ret....
|Title||:||The Magnificent Bastards: The Joint Army-Marine Defense of Dong Ha, 1968|
|Publisher||:||Presidio Press November 27, 2007|
|Number of Pages||:||448 pages|
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The Magnificent Bastards: The Joint Army-Marine Defense of Dong Ha, 1968 Reviews
I have to admit that the author's chronicling of the events during this two-week battle north of the Marine Dak To basecamp was as thorough as can be. Mr. Nolan stated that the story comprised from his researching tons of documents (I assume after action reports) and through personal interviews of those who were there. It was truly a bloodbath on both sides; the Americans lost many officers during the battle and squad-sized platoons carried on the fight while led by enlisted men and a handful of NCO's. The small village of Dai Do was just a dot on the map a few miles south of the DMZ, but it was significant in the fact that an entire NVA Division was well-concealed, heavily supplied, and well trained in a match-up with the "Magnificent Bastards" of 2/4 Marines and the Army "Gimlets" of the Americal 3/21 infantry battalion. It was an unmerciful battle for both sides.
Keith Nolan researched and presented an accurate description of this battle, complete with chilling interviews and an overview of the strategy and importance of this battle. I have also read "The Road of 10,000 Pains" by Lederack, The Hill Battles, and Operation Buffalo.All these engagements occurred in 1967-68 and had a common theme. Marines were killed needlessly by the failure of their M16's.This in turn was an inexcusable failure of the USMC high command to ensure these brave marines were given the proper weapons to fight with.It started with Gen. Walt not believing his troops and blaming them for not cleaning their weapons. Division , Regiment and Battalion Officers were either blind or stupid not to have recognized these problems or listened to their troops.Gen. Walt should have been courtmartialed for his failure! These brave Marines deserved better and their leaders, veterans of WW2 and Korea let them down! It took enlisted marines writing their congressmen and parents to finally resolve this issue.The Marine high leadership in 67-68 was a disgrace!
Normally I'm a big nolan fan, but this edition was unlike any I've ever seen. Full of 'non-offensive' alternatives for everyday marine corps speak, as well as loaded with simple errors. I was constantly wondering if it had even been proofread at all. Enough of a problem to significantly slow down my reading of the book. Nolan still manages to tell the story but it is difficult to keep a good pace and digest the story as I was forever trying to put what I was seeing into a legible format that made sense to me. As a navy corpsman who served at the platoon level with both the 4th and the 9th marines, each the subject of nolan books, I'm familiar with how they speak and act. And how they don't. And they don't deserve the shoddy treatment the publishers gave this story. Nolan did his job and told their story; those who were responsible for packaging it didn't.
I've read this book several times; it is the recounting of a battle in Vietnam in which my husband was a participant. I'm certainly not objective, but I thought Keith (Nolan, the author) did a good job writing about a tough subject. Even the" fog of war " comes through in his writing We've purchased about 2 dozen of these as gifts, etc; this one is replacing a loaner copy that didn't come back home .If war is your subject, this is a good one. It would make a good movie..
A riveting. read! The level of detail with many personal accounts really draws you into the battle, while at the same time giving a context to the action in the war as a whole. Revealing how different the war on the DMZ could be when compared with fighting VC irregulars further south.
Authentic! Well researched. Accurate IMHO. I was there. Picture is a tiger that was taken at Dong Ha in 1968. Semper Fi!
This highlighted their leader LCOL "Wild Bill" Weise who was able to defeat a superior NVA Force with limited resources and inadequate support from Marine Corps resources. LCol Weise cited the excellent naval gun fire support he received and shows support for the US Navy. Twoo of Bill's Company commanders received the Medal of Honor.