Vietnam, summer 1966. On a steep mountainside 20 miles inland, a reconnaissance platoon of 18 men holds off hundreds of enemy soldiers for over 12 hours. This was the action behind the headlines in Vietnam. From routine night raids to full-scale assaults, Small Unit Action in Vietnam presents a compelling perspective on the courage, dedication and patriotic enthusiasm of U.S. Marines in the early stages of the war.
Capt. West's book describes the taut precision, the lightning judgments, tactical decisions and moments of bravery of individual soldiers fighting a deadly enemy in an overwhelming hostile environment.