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by David H. Hackworth
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by David H. Hackworth
Drawing on interviews with soldiers from the Hardcore Battalion conducted over the past decade by his partner and coauthor, Eilhys England, Hackworth takes readers along on their sniper missions, ambush actions, helicopter strikes and inside the quagmire of command politics. With Steel My Soldiers' Hearts, Hackworth places the brotherhood of the 4/39th into the pantheon of our nation's most heroic warriors.
Colonel David H. Hackworth, one of America's most decorated soldiers, lays bare his most daring and legendary tour of duty.
With a full year of Vietnam combat and five months of intense in-country after-action analysis under his pistol belt, Hackworth pens the classic tactical handbook 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.
Hackworth's expertise lands him back in Vietnam. The Army's clear-put up or shut up. Given the "hopeless" 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.
With 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 4/39 Hardcore Battalion's successes provide hard-won lessons-learned that are more applicable now than ever.
riveting, candid, and hard-hitting combat narrative by one of
the top few brilliant battlefield leaders in the history of the
U.S. Army. Hackworth took over an ineffective infantry battalion
in the 1969 "withdrawal" Army and turned it into a superb,
proud and aggressive fighting unit against an unseen, hit-and-run
enemy. What he learned and how he fought could be useful in Afghanistan
against the guerrilla enemy faced by Free World Forces. Outstanding!"
-- Harold G. Moore
Lt. General, (U.S. Army, Ret.)
Bestselling Co-author of
WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE
Steven Lee Beeber
"Tougher than a one-dollar steak and madder than John Wayne at a peace rally..." Full Review and Others
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