A Very Short War: The Mayaguez and the Battle of Koh Tang by John Francis Guilmartin, John Keegan

By John Francis Guilmartin, John Keegan

On might 12, 1975, under 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 rapid army reaction ordered by means of President Gerald Ford was once designed to recapture the Mayaguez, held at anchor off the island of Koh Tang, to free up her team, and to illustrate U.S. power and unravel 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 situation, laying off new mild at the politics, the strategies, the orders, the high-level choice makers, and the struggling with males entangled in an important army motion that almost resulted in catastrophe for U.S. forces.". . . an excellent and awfully transparent tactical research that gives some extent of departure for broader reflections at the nature of contingency and uncertainty in all army operations."--Foreign Affairs"This is an outstanding e-book. . . [Guilmartin's] paintings transcends the occasions themselves, illustrating quite a few features of fellows in warfare. His insights and observations are compelling."--Journal of army History". . . written with the aptitude and pleasure of an event novel. Even those that comprehend the end result and the teachings of the Mayaguez incident will locate this publication challenging to place down until eventually finished."--Proceedings

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More subtly, they imposed deferred maintenance and fatigue. Of at least equal importance, the two evacuations exerted an indirect influence on the unquantifiable but vitally important determinants of combat effectiveness: morale, motivation, reciprocal bonds of trust and confidence between troops and leaders, and attitudes toward collateral units and other services. It speaks well for the forces involved that the net effect of Eagle Pull and Frequent Wind on those intangibles wasor so is my judgmentoverwhelmingly positive.

Texas A&M University military history ; 46) Includes bibliographical references and index.  Title.  Series: Texas A & M University military history ; 46. 704'34dc20 95-17325 CIP Page v To the marines and airmen who gave their lives 1215 May 1975 Page vii Contents List of Illustrations ix Foreword xi Preface xv Acknowledgments xxiii Introduction 3 Chapter 1. Prelude: Eagle Pull and Frequent Wind 6 Chapter 2. The Incident 26 Chapter 3. Strategy and Setting 32 Chapter 4. Plans and Preliminary Operations 53 Chapter 5.

Beginning page 134 Harold E. Holt from cabin of Jolly Green 11 Golf Company marines after forced landing, 15 May Crew members of Knife 51 and marine Marine disabling Knife 22 Golf Company marines at U Tapao Marines on west side of Koh Tang Center of marine perimeter, Koh Tang Jolly Green 43 flying on a single engine Koh Tang's east beach shrouded in tear gas and smoke Mayaguez under tow Golf Company officers inspect damage to Jolly Green 12 Reunion of Knife 51 crew Page x FIGURES 1. Command and Control Communications Net, 1214 May pages 46 2.

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