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The Resource Advice and support, the early years of the United States Army in Vietnam, 1941-1960, by Ronald H. Spector

Advice and support, the early years of the United States Army in Vietnam, 1941-1960, by Ronald H. Spector

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Advice and support, the early years of the United States Army in Vietnam, 1941-1960
Title
Advice and support, the early years of the United States Army in Vietnam, 1941-1960
Statement of responsibility
by Ronald H. Spector
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Finally - more than three decades after French colonial forces were crushed at Dien Bien Phu - America has a definitive account of its own first military involvements in Vietnam. Drawing on recently declassified Pentagon files and hundreds of other official documents, historian Ronald H. Spector unearths a host of findings about the U.S. Army's advisory role in Southeast Asia: that in 1954 the U.S. prepared plans to assist the French with atomic weapons; that throughout the 1950s Army Chief of Staff Gen. Matthew Ridgway opposed almost singlehandedly State Dept. demands for massive military intervention; that gross ignorance of Vietnamese society, language, and culture and a 'dogged Can Do attitude' in the field prevented American advisory forces from realistically appraising either the viability of the South Vietnamese army or the soundness of the government it supported. Showing that the agonizing truth about Vietnam was apparent fifteen years before the fall of Saigon, Advice and Support is crucial to our understanding of how we got into Vietnam, why we couldn't get out - and what went wrong."--Book cover, p. [4]
  • "Finally - more than three decades after French colonial forces were crushed at Dien Bien Phu - America has a definitive account of its own first military involvements in Vietnam. Drawing on recently declassified Pentagon files and hundreds of other official documents, historian Ronald H. Spector unearths a host of findings about the U.S. Army's advisory role in Southeast Asia: that in 1954 the U.S. prepared plans to assist the French with atomic weapons; that throughout the 1950s Army Chief of Staff Gen. Matthew Ridgway opposed almost singlehandedly State Dept. demands for massive military intervention; that gross ignorance of Vietnamese society, language, and culture and a 'dogged Can Do attitude' in the field prevented American advisory forces from realistically appraising either the viability of the South Vietnamese army or the soundness of the government it supported. Showing that the agonizing truth about Vietnam was apparent fifteen years before the fall of Saigon, Advice and Support is crucial to our understanding of how we got into Vietnam, why we couldn't get out - and what went wrong."--Book cover, p. [4]
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DLC
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1943-
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Spector, Ronald H.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • United States
  • Vietnam
  • Vietnam
  • United States
  • Vietnam
Label
Advice and support, the early years of the United States Army in Vietnam, 1941-1960, by Ronald H. Spector
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Reprint of the first volume of United States Army in Vietnam, originally published: Washington, D.C. : Center for Military History : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., 1983
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 381-385) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Conquest and revolt: Nine centuries of war ; French Indochina ; The impact of war -- From Pearl Harbor to the Japanese coup: Conflicting policies ; America and Indochina ; The Japanese takeover -- From the Japanese coup to V-J Day: A reassessment of policy ; Policy at the field level -- The Chinese occupation of North Vietnam, August-October, 1945: The occupation and the Viet Minh ; Gallagher's mission ; Americans in Southern Vietnam ; Possible trouble -- "Heading into a very bad mess" : origins of military aid: A reluctance to intervene ; The French offensive of 1947 ; The Bao Dai experiment ; American aid -- Establishing a military assistance program: The Griffin mission ; A growing commitment ; The Melby-Erskine mission ; The Military Assistance Advisory Group -- Defeats in Tonkin, deliberations in Washington: Increasing aid and continuing debate ; Toward a Vietnamese army -- The de Lattre interlude, 1950-1951: Viet Minh offensives in Tonkin ; The de Lattre visit ; Solving the supply problem -- Looking for a way out, January 1952-February 1953: Problems of a Vietnamese army ; A U.S. role in training? ; Fall offensives ; The light battalion proposal ; The unconventional warfare option -- The road to Dien Bien Phu: The Letourneau plan ; Financing the French ; The second O'Daniel visit ; Dien Bien Phu -- The question of intervention: U.S. strategic options ; The debate over intervention ; Operation VAUTOUR ; The army resists intervention -- "Political considerations are overriding" : the decision on training: Reorganizing the Vietnamese army ; Diem comes to power ; The refugee operation ; The decision on training -- The Collins mission: Preventing a coup ; Establishing a training mission ; Confrontations with the sects ; The French withdraw -- Picking up the pieces, 1955-1956: The temporary equipment recovery mission ; South Vietnamese force structure ; Dealing with the threat from the North -- Building a Vietnamese army, 1956-1959: The state of the Vietnamese army ; Schools and training ; The language barrier ; The adviser's role ; The army reorganizes -- Roots of a new war, 1957-1959: The uses of American aid ; Land reform ; Communist strategy after Geneva ; Problems of intelligence ; Forces for internal security ; The situation deteriorates -- Things fall apart, July 1959-June 1960: A new Viet Cong strategy ; The Viet Cong take the offensive ; The breakdown of the army -- "Something extra and special": The counterinsurgency controversy ; Crisis planning ; The counterinsurgency plan ; The coup attempt -- Assessment
Control code
11496912
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st Free Press pbk. ed.
Extent
xxii, 391 pages
Isbn
9780029303702
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
84025971
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(WaOLN)734105
Label
Advice and support, the early years of the United States Army in Vietnam, 1941-1960, by Ronald H. Spector
Publication
Note
Reprint of the first volume of United States Army in Vietnam, originally published: Washington, D.C. : Center for Military History : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., 1983
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 381-385) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Conquest and revolt: Nine centuries of war ; French Indochina ; The impact of war -- From Pearl Harbor to the Japanese coup: Conflicting policies ; America and Indochina ; The Japanese takeover -- From the Japanese coup to V-J Day: A reassessment of policy ; Policy at the field level -- The Chinese occupation of North Vietnam, August-October, 1945: The occupation and the Viet Minh ; Gallagher's mission ; Americans in Southern Vietnam ; Possible trouble -- "Heading into a very bad mess" : origins of military aid: A reluctance to intervene ; The French offensive of 1947 ; The Bao Dai experiment ; American aid -- Establishing a military assistance program: The Griffin mission ; A growing commitment ; The Melby-Erskine mission ; The Military Assistance Advisory Group -- Defeats in Tonkin, deliberations in Washington: Increasing aid and continuing debate ; Toward a Vietnamese army -- The de Lattre interlude, 1950-1951: Viet Minh offensives in Tonkin ; The de Lattre visit ; Solving the supply problem -- Looking for a way out, January 1952-February 1953: Problems of a Vietnamese army ; A U.S. role in training? ; Fall offensives ; The light battalion proposal ; The unconventional warfare option -- The road to Dien Bien Phu: The Letourneau plan ; Financing the French ; The second O'Daniel visit ; Dien Bien Phu -- The question of intervention: U.S. strategic options ; The debate over intervention ; Operation VAUTOUR ; The army resists intervention -- "Political considerations are overriding" : the decision on training: Reorganizing the Vietnamese army ; Diem comes to power ; The refugee operation ; The decision on training -- The Collins mission: Preventing a coup ; Establishing a training mission ; Confrontations with the sects ; The French withdraw -- Picking up the pieces, 1955-1956: The temporary equipment recovery mission ; South Vietnamese force structure ; Dealing with the threat from the North -- Building a Vietnamese army, 1956-1959: The state of the Vietnamese army ; Schools and training ; The language barrier ; The adviser's role ; The army reorganizes -- Roots of a new war, 1957-1959: The uses of American aid ; Land reform ; Communist strategy after Geneva ; Problems of intelligence ; Forces for internal security ; The situation deteriorates -- Things fall apart, July 1959-June 1960: A new Viet Cong strategy ; The Viet Cong take the offensive ; The breakdown of the army -- "Something extra and special": The counterinsurgency controversy ; Crisis planning ; The counterinsurgency plan ; The coup attempt -- Assessment
Control code
11496912
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st Free Press pbk. ed.
Extent
xxii, 391 pages
Isbn
9780029303702
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
84025971
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(WaOLN)734105

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