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In the spring of 1972, North Vietnam invaded South Vietnam in what became known as the Easter Offensive. Almost all of the American forces had already withdrawn from Vietnam except for a small group of American advisers to the South Vietnamese armed forces. The 23rd ARVN Infantry Division and its American advisers were sent to defend the provincial capital of Kontum in the Central Highlands. They were surrounded and attacked by three enemy divisions with heavy artillery and tanks but, with the help of air power, managed to successfully defend Kontum and prevent South Vietnam from being cut in half and defeated. Although much has been written about the Vietnam War, little of it addresses either the Easter Offensive or the Battle of Kontum. In Kontum: The Battle to Save South Vietnam, Thomas P. McKenna fills this gap, offering the only in-depth account available of this violent engagement. McKenna, a U.S. infantry lieutenant colonel assigned as a military adviser to the 23rd Division, participated in the battle of Kontum and combines his personal experiences with years of interviews and research from primary sources to describe the events leading up to the invasion and the battle itself. Kontum sheds new light on the actions of U.S. advisers in combat during the Vietnam War. McKenna’s book is not only an essential historical resource for America’s most controversial war but a personal story of valor and survival.

Table of Contents

  1. Front cover
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  1. Copyright
  2. p. iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Maps
  2. p. ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Prologue: Kontum: Now and Then
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. 1. Autumn in the Highlands, 1971
  2. pp. 5-22
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  1. 2. Fighting in Phu Nhon
  2. pp. 23-48
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  1. 3. A Hundred Tons of Bombs
  2. pp. 32-39
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  1. 4. The Looming Threat
  2. pp. 40-43
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  1. 5. The Year of the Rat
  2. pp. 44-56
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  1. 6. The North Vietnamese Invasion
  2. pp. 57-73
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  1. 7. Attacking in An Khe Pass
  2. pp. 74-81
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  1. 8. Our Firebases Fall
  2. pp. 82-94
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  1. 9. The Collapse at Tan Canh
  2. pp. 95-113
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  1. 10. A Debacle at Dak To
  2. pp. 114-124
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  1. 11. A New Team for the Defense
  2. pp. 125-143
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  1. 12. Closing in on Kontum
  2. pp. 144-152
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  1. Photo insert
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  1. 13. Cut Off and Surrounded
  2. pp. 153-165
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  1. 14. Tanks Attacking!
  2. pp. 166-185
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  1. 15. Struggling to Hold It Together
  2. pp. 186-207
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  1. 16. "Brother, This Is Going to Be It!"
  2. pp. 208-216
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  1. 17. "You Are Going to Be Overrun!"
  2. pp. 217-230
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  1. 18. The Dirty Job of Killing
  2. pp. 231-237
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  1. 19. All Over but the Shooting?
  2. pp. 238-244
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  1. 20. Finishing the Job
  2. pp. 245-255
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  1. Epilogue: The End of the Fight
  2. pp. 256-267
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 269-270
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 271-276
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 277-313
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 314-324
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 325-344
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813134017
Print ISBN
9780813133980
MARC Record
OCLC
811414112
Pages
376
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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