War in the Shallows

War in the Shallows

U.S. Navy Coastal and Riverine Warfare in Vietnam, 1965-1968

Book - 2015 | U.S. Government official edition
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At the height of the U.S. Navy's involvement in the Vietnam War, the Navy's coastal and riverine forces included more than 30,000 Sailors and over 350 patrol vessels ranging in size from riverboats to destroyers. These forces developed the most extensive maritime blockade in modern naval history and fought pitched battles against Viet Cong units in the Mekong Delta and elsewhere. War in the Shallows explores the operations of the Navy's three inshore task forces from 1965 to 1968. It also delves into other themes such as basing, technology, tactics, and command and control. Finally, using oral history interviews, it reconstructs deckplate life in South Vietnam, focusing in particular on combat waged by ordinary Sailors. Vietnam was the bloodiest war in recent naval history and War in the Shallows strives above all else to provide insight into the men who fought it and honor their service and sacrifice.  
Publisher: Washington, DC : Naval History and Heritage Command, Department of the Navy, 2015
Edition: U.S. Government official edition
ISBN: 9780945274766
Branch Call Number: R 959.704345 Sher
Characteristics: xviii, 425 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Early years
Coastal warfare, 1965-1966
War on the rivers: game warden, 1966-1967
Mobile riverine force
War on the coast, 1967
Tet, 1968


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