By Len Deighton
Drawing at the author's deep knowing of army lifestyles and the strengths and frailties of politicians and generals, this can be a myth-puncturing research of the arrival of the second one international War.
'Blood, Tears and Folly' bargains a sweeping and compelling historic research of six theatres of warfare: the conflict of the Atlantic, Hitler's conquest of western Europe, the struggle within the Mediterranean, the conflict for the skies, Operation Barbarossa and the German attack on Russia, and the access of Japan right into a actually international war.
This is the interval within which the Allied powers have been dropped at the very breaking point of defeat. Deighton bargains an unflinching account of the political machinations, the method and strategies, the guns and the lads on either side who created an international of terror and hundreds of thousands of useless, of the Holocaust, and of nuclear devastation.
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He was gone in a flash that’s for certain, but the import of the few words he’d uttered lingered for me to ponder and gel into the first sign I might actually survive the day. To that point, I’d presumed being ignored was an indication that little could be done for me, and today it is with some guilt that I recall the relief those words brought with them, and that Smitty’s suffering served to bring me hope. Perhaps ten minutes later we flared into the landing pad adjacent the emergency entrance of the 85th Evacuation Hospital at Phu Bai.
Blackened with dirt and the scorching heat of the blast, no one was really certain of the victim’s identity. Ron Johnson recalls Lt. South cradling the broken body gently in his arms, tears streaming down his cheeks as he yelled for Doc Smitty’s help. By coincidence, I was later told, a dustoff medevac helicopter just happened to have been nearby on a routine, non-urgent mission at the moment our own radios came to life with the first frantic calls for help. To this day, I continue to draw breath as a result of that most fortuitous circumstance and the medevac’s diversion to our small hilltop.
To resolve the issue where a stated, relative location appears to conflict with a known or presumed location, the reader should give the greatest weight to the grid coordinate and plot it on an appropriate map. Reporting Errors and Omissions The author encourages and welcomes readers to report errors or omissions. He also welcomes additional grid coordinate, factual or anecdotal information of any sort related to any facility of the Vietnam War. It is his ultimate goal to make WHERE WE WERE the most comprehensive and most accurate reference of its kind.