The Army and Vietnam

The Army and Vietnam

Andrew F. Krepinevich Jr. / Sep 19, 2019

The Army and Vietnam Many senior army officials still claim that if they had been given enough soldiers and weapons the United States could have won the war in Vietnam In this probing analysis of U S military policy in V

  • Title: The Army and Vietnam
  • Author: Andrew F. Krepinevich Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780801836572
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Paperback
  • Many senior army officials still claim that if they had been given enough soldiers and weapons, the United States could have won the war in Vietnam In this probing analysis of U.S military policy in Vietnam, career army officer and strategist Andrew F Krepinevich, Jr argues that precisely because of this mindset the war was lost before it was fought.The army assumed tMany senior army officials still claim that if they had been given enough soldiers and weapons, the United States could have won the war in Vietnam In this probing analysis of U.S military policy in Vietnam, career army officer and strategist Andrew F Krepinevich, Jr argues that precisely because of this mindset the war was lost before it was fought.The army assumed that it could transplant to Indochina the operational methods that had been successful in the European battle theaters of World War II, an approach that proved ill suited to the way the Vietnamese Communist forces fought Theirs was a war of insurgency, and counterinsurgency, Krepinevich contends, requires light infantry formations, firepower restraint, and the resolution of political and social problems within the nation To the very end, top military commanders refused to recognize this.Krepinevich documents the deep division not only between the American military and civilian leaders over the very nature of the war, but also within the U.S Army itself Through extensive research in declassified material and interviews with officers and men with battlefield experience, he shows that those engaged in the combat understood early on that they were involved in a different kind of conflict Their reports and urgings were discounted by the generals, who pressed on with a conventional war that brought devastation but little success.A thorough analysis of the U.S Army s role in the Vietnam War, this book demonstrates with chilling persuasiveness the ways in which the army was unprepared to fight lessons applicable to today s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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    1. Krepinevich has a cult following among professors and students at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. After reading his work I understand why. It is rare that ones comes across a book that radically changes the way one looks at military history. Thousands of books have been written on Vietnam and the movies "Platoon" and "Apocalypse Now" brought the war to millions of Americans. Until I read this book, I thought I understood the causes and conduct of the war. Krepinevich brilliantly anal [...]


    2. Although repetitive in nature, Krepinevich manages to cite a breadth of knowledge that points out why the Army failed in Vietnam. According to Krepinevich, the Army in particular was unprepared due to doctrine called the Army Concept. The US Army Concept revolves around the use of firepower to quickly overcome enemy forces. Furthermore, the value of US lives is important which makes the use of technology and firepower more important. Because of this, the Army in Vietnam utilized tactics and stra [...]


    3. Just re-read in full for the first time in probably eight years. Now that I'm more familiar with the documentary record concerning Vietnam (and not just the "Vietnam literature" or the COIN-as-military reform oeuvre, which in many cases are the same thing), Krepinevich's tendentious book holds up very poorly indeed. Greg Daddis's new work (detailed review to come!) – along with recent stuff by Birtle, Andrade, Cosmas, Carland, and others – should put the final nail in this one; I don't think [...]


    4. If like me you have some affection for the American army and for its soldiers, this is a depressing read. It relates how the Army went into Vietnam organized, trained, and equipped for major combat in Europe, and tried to apply the same concept to a counterinsurgency. The result was massive search-and-destroy operations that missed an elusive enemy and further alienated the population. There was no recognition that counterinsurgency was a different kind of war requiring different methods. The on [...]


    5. This was a fantastic analysis of the Army's failure to successfully prosecute the war in Vietnam. It was easy to stay interested as the narrative moves at a good pace and the events themselves are fascinating. This book outlines the failure of the JCS to appy the correct strategy to the ground war, in spite of lessons available from the French failure in Indochina and their experience in Algieria. While the Johnson administration micromanaged the airwar, they gave Westmoreland carte blanche to c [...]


    6. This book is now very dated. As someone deeply familiar with the historical record on the Vietnam War through archival research, I can say that while this book captures one part of the American experience in Vietnam, it fails to be comprehensive. Yes, the points and themes highlighted here were relevant to some units at some times, but the tendency to view Krepinevich's argument as being universally valid has led to an overly simplistic view of the Vietnam War. This has had consequences for rece [...]


    7. interesting perspective on what should have happened for a successful intervention in Vietnam, but I felt the author kept placing the blame on the Army time and time again. yes, I realize that's the point of the book, but how many times can you drive the point home? endless, i guess! still, a very interesting and enlightening story about the experience.


    8. Population centric COIN is a panacea! At least according to Krepinevich. Certainly some useful insights and critiques of the US approach in Vietnam, but also somewhat one dimensional


    9. Accurate, thorough, and wholly depressing. After reading this, one would presume that the United States could never make such critical and wasteful errors again. Wrong.



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