By John Francis Guilmartin, John Keegan
On may possibly 12, 1975, lower than 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 via President Gerald Ford used to be designed to recapture the Mayaguez, held at anchor off the island of Koh Tang, to disencumber her workforce, and to illustrate U.S. power and get to the bottom of within the instant aftermath of America's so much humiliating defeat.Guilmartin, a former air rescue helicopter pilot stationed in Thailand, presents a different and compelling account of the Mayaguez–Koh Tang predicament, laying off new mild at the politics, the strategies, the orders, the high-level selection makers, and the battling males entangled in an important army motion that almost resulted in catastrophe for U.S. forces.". . . an excellent and incredibly transparent tactical examine 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 publication. . . [Guilmartin's] paintings transcends the occasions themselves, illustrating quite a few features of fellows in conflict. His insights and observations are compelling."--Journal of army History". . . written with the aptitude and pleasure of an event novel. Even those that be aware of the result and the teachings of the Mayaguez incident will locate this e-book demanding to place down until eventually finished."--Proceedings
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