The Tet Offensive was the real turning point in the Vietnam War. On its 40th anniversary, Alan Woods analysed the events that led to the Vietnam War and the significance of the Tet Offensive in bringing about the defeat of US imperialism, and drew some parallels with Iraq. But these figures pale in insignificance beside the horrific casualties suffered by the Vietnamese. Almost 1, North and South Vietnamese were killed in action.
A British Soldier on patrol speaks to an Iraqi boy in the southern city of Basra, kms south of Baghdad 06 January It is mainly British forces that patrol this city.
Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: Our loss of Pristina airport to the Russian Airborne in a permissive motor march in Kosovo is a perfect example of the weakness of having to wait for marine peacekeepers driving long distances overland from Greece!!!
The days of piling supplies on the beach for an enemy to cream a bloated marine force are over; the Russians know this, we do not--as we insist on wasting BILLIONS on land-locked, slow-to-deploy, sea-based gyrene units that once ashore foot-slog and truck-hop into enemy land mines.
The way to create a fully mobile U. The maneuver of LBI units would be supported by Dragoons in ATVs firing heavy-caliber machine guns, grenade launchers, rockets and recoilless rifles. Infantry magazine, January-February, ITSG Begins Military Bicycle Development in Our early parachute test of the folding bike was not conclusive due to the exposed condition of the bike for the jump, though we found out later this was successfully done by the British Airborne in WWII combat see below.
However, it proved the ease which parachute delivery can be used to deliver ATBs.
Click on thumbnail to view a larger image of picture: On the second C pass, Team Leader, LT Michael Sparks jumped with the folded bike over the rear ramp in its airdrop bag as a lowering line load.
All done in under a few hours time. Mrazek The history of the 88th Airborne Battalion, from its activation, to the time it was amalgamated as a regiment with the th Glider Infantry Regiment in France during World War II, is covered in an eclectic assortment of conventional official documents.
Not recorded in them, or elsewhere, are its contributions and the impact these contributions have made to airborne warfare operations and doctrine, to military and commercial airlift operations, to military helicopter operations or to the progress of America, especially through the aircraft industry.
Germany was able to keep information about these operations from leaking out of Germany.
They subdued the fort in less than one hour. The loss of the fort created a gap in the Belgian defenses.
Because of the shock of this loss, in only a matter of days, Belgium surrendered. Soon France fell and the debacle at Dunkerque followed. The 88th battalion was organized as a hybrid tactical and experimental unit. Motorcycle, bicycles, guns and equipment issued the airborne unit were intended to enable it to load in the airplanes, deplane quickly once landed, hit the enemy swiftly and hard and then hold until relieved.
The unit was not constituted for sustained combat. This sort of activity divined by a War Department, promised great things for the future of airborne operations, but it did not foresee, nor did it have to cope with the myriad problems in putting such doctrine into reality. It left this to the 88th to translate a concept into workable tactics, techniques, doctrine and procedures.The Vietnam War scarred me more severely than any of the eight Purple Hearts I'd received during almost eight years of combat.
Up to Vietnam, I'd always been a Don Quixote-like idealist who. The Wuhan Gang & The Chungking Gang, i.e., the offsprings of the American missionaries, diplomats, military officers, 'revolutionaries' & Red Saboteurs and the "Old China Hands" of the s and the herald-runners of the Dixie Mission of the s.
During the Vietnam War, the Americans tried to track down and destroy the Viet Cong, or the North Vietnamese because they were communists. 07 Mar Khe Sanh, South Vietnam Khe Sanh a Pilot's Nightmare. Find this Pin and more on Vietnam by Russell Wiggill.
with rope improve sling A Vietnam War photographer captured the bloody Tet. Thanks for connecting! You're almost done.
Connect to your existing Cracked account if you have one or create a new Cracked username. The designer of the padded ATB airdrop bag, SF MSG Lee Cashwell (Retired) acted as the primary jumpmaster employing U.S. military jump procedures for the C Grenadier/scout LT Jeffrey Schram and Combat Medical Specialist, SF 18D SSG Ernest Hoppe followed their non-folding AT bikes and ATAC on a palletized bundle (Kudos .
In the early hours of 31st January , 70, North Vietnamese soldiers, together with guerrilla fighters of the NLF, launched one of the most daring military campaigns in history. The Tet Offensive was the real turning point in the Vietnam War.