Hamburger Hill: May 11-20, 1969 - Samuel ZaffiriLondon: Arms & Armour Press, 1988, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper which is rubbed at the edges, nicked at the head of the spine. Price Clipped. Pages lightly age-tanned.
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From the cover: “The battle for Ap Bia Mountain, (Hill 937) Vietnam, 1969, became fa-mous both for the dramatic and fierce battles involved and for the ensuing controversy in the media and on the floor of the United States Senate. The men who fought and died in the field, and those who spoke their minds in Congress, were undoubtedly all sincere. But it takes the research and experience of a keen observer and gifted writer to bring the issues together as the author does here.
The NVA had used the A Shau Valley as a staging area for their attack on Hue during the 1968 Tet offensive. By late Spring of 1969, the high command decided it was time to really clean out the A Shau. A major terminus of the Ho Chi Minh trail, the A Shau Valley once again was the scene of heavy NVA activity. Earlier and smaller operations such as “Massachusetts Striker” had discovered truck parks and major supply depots in the valley.
On May 10th, the 3d Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, the 9th Marine Regiment, and the 3d ARVN Regiment moved into the northern end of the A Shau to kick off “Operation Apache Snow”. The next day men from B Company of the 3d Battalion, 187th Infantry made initial contact on the lower reaches of Hill 937. The battle which ensued lasted for ten days. Before it was over, this human meat grinder was known around the world as Hamburger Hill. Finally, on May 20th, at the end of a four-battalion assault, Americans stood atop Dong Ap Bia.
The ferocity of this battle set off a firestorm of protest in the United States. The Army’s strategies and tactics were called “senseless” and “irresponsible” by Senator Edward Kennedy.
After relating the actual fighting in unforgettable detail, using after-action reports and innumerable interviews, the author presents Judgments, in which many of those who survived speak for themselves as to what they thought then and how they feel now. He travelled over 10,000 miles in order to interview as many participants as possible.
Hamburger Hill is a complete and rivetting account of a terrible battle and of what it meant in the total scheme of a terrible war.”