Steel My Soldiers' Hearts

Steel My Soldiers' Hearts

The Hopeless to Hardcore Transformation of 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry, United States Army, Vietnam

Book - 2002
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Colonel David H. Hackworth, one of America's most decorated soldiers, lays bare his most daring and legendary tour of duty. 1966With a full year of Vietnam combat and five months of in-country intense after-action analysis under his pistol belt, Hackworth pens the classic tactical handbook the "Vietnam Primer with military historian Samuel Marshall. In a radical shift from the World War II-era tactics then employed in Vietnam, Hackworth stresses the necessity of using disciplined, small units of well-trained men to best fight the hit-and-run warfare of the elusive Viet Cong. "Out G'ing the G," he called his tactics. 1969Hackworth's expertise lands him back in Vietnam. The Army's message is clear-put up, or shut up. Given the "hopeless," morale-drained 4/39th-an infantry battalion of poorly led draftees with one of the Army's worst casualty rates-Hackworth leads from up front and finds the best in every one of his grunts. Together, they take a page from the VC, write their own book, and become the meanest in the Mekong Delta-the Hardcore Recondos. 2002With the U.S. again facing elusive insurgent foes-and the hit-and-run tactics of the international terror networks we're presently up against-the 4/39th Hardcore Battalion's successes provide hard-won lessons-learned that are more applicable now than ever. A tour de force of frontline combat action, "Steel My Soldiers' Hearts takes readers alongside sniper missions, into grunt ambush actions, above fields of fire with hard-hitting helicopter strikes, and inside the quagmire of command politics. Hackworth graduates the Mekong Delta brotherhood into the pantheon of our nation's most heroic warriors.
Publisher: New York : Rugged Land, c2002.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781590710029
1590710029
Branch Call Number: 959.7043 Hackwort 2002
Characteristics: 441 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., maps, port. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: England, Eilhys

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Mar 09, 2013

A unit of draftees has a new commander and he turns them from sloppy undisciplined men into a Battalion of warriors with unit pride. David Hackworth, the most decorated soldier in the US military is one tough hombre.

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