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  1. 4 out of 5

    Hilmi Isa

    Perang Vietnam merupakan salah satu konflik dunia pada abad ke-20 yang terkenal. Menurut beberapa penganalisis ketenteraan,perang tersebut juga dikenali sebagai Peperangan Helikopter atau di dalam bahasa Inggeris dikenali sebagai Helicopter War. Kenapa digelar sedemikian rupa? Walaupun Perang Vietnam bukanlah konflik yang pertama menyaksikan penggunaan kenderaan udara berkipas ini,namun,perang tersebut menyaksikan buat pertama kalinya di dalam sejarah,helikopter digunakan secara besar-be Perang Vietnam merupakan salah satu konflik dunia pada abad ke-20 yang terkenal. Menurut beberapa penganalisis ketenteraan,perang tersebut juga dikenali sebagai Peperangan Helikopter atau di dalam bahasa Inggeris dikenali sebagai Helicopter War. Kenapa digelar sedemikian rupa? Walaupun Perang Vietnam bukanlah konflik yang pertama menyaksikan penggunaan kenderaan udara berkipas ini,namun,perang tersebut menyaksikan buat pertama kalinya di dalam sejarah,helikopter digunakan secara besar-besaran di dalam sesebuah peperangan. Malah,beberapa strategi dan taktik radikal dan tidak ortodoks dibentuk dan diaplikasikan di dalam Perang Vietnam dengan helikopter memainkan peranan utama di dalam perang tersebut. Buku ini merupakan sebuah buku koleksi memoir Perang Vietnam dengan Matthew Brennan sebagai editor. Uniknya mengenai buku ini adalah fokusnya terhadap memoir anggota-anggota tentera di dalam sebuah unit yang mempunyai rekod membunuh musuh (Viet Cong dan North Vietnamese Army (NVA)) yang paling banyak. Kerana reputasinya itu,unit tentera ini juga diselubungi dengan misteri dan kontroversi. Unit tersebut adalah 1st Squadron,9th Cavalry (1/9 Cavalry Regiment) . Unit ini merupakan sebahagian dari 1st Air Cavalry Division. Namun demikian,1/9 Cavalry mempunyai peranan autonominya yang tersendiri di mana unit ini menjejak dan memusnahkan musuh (Seek & Destroy) dengan menggunakan aset helikopter dan infantrinya. Rejimen ini juga digelar sebagai Headhunters ! Membaca buku ini,umpama memberikan sebuah pengetahuan yang baharu kepada saya,terutamanya yang berkaitan dengan peperangan helikopter ketika Perang Vietnam. Saya selama ini tidak pernah mengetahui kewujudan 1/9th Cavalry dan sumbangan mereka ketika Perang Vietnam. Membaca buku ini juga saya dapat mengetahui bahawa terdapat dua sisi (baik dan jahat) tentera Amerika Syarikat (AS) ketika Perang Vietnam. Untuk mengatakan kesemua tentera AS adalah tidak berperikemanusiaan adalah sesuatu yang tidak adil. Tidak dinafikan,ada yang jahat. Tetapi,pada masa yang sama ada juga mereka yang berhati baik. Buku ini amat saya sarankan kepada para peminat sejarah Perang Vietnam. Walau bagaimanapun,buku ini sebenarnya buku sekuel kepada buku yang bertajuk Headhunters yang juga mempunyai konsep yang sama.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    A mouth-gaping account of the exploits of the 1/9th Cavalry during the Vietnam War. It is told from the perspective of the pilots, gunners and observers, as well as the ground assault troops attached to them, the "Blues." The risks taken by this experimental helicopter unit were absolutely horrifying, as we're the casualties they took--especially by the crews of the tiny Light Observation Helicopters (LOH's) which got directly in the enemies' faces and shot them down in spite of the tiny chopper A mouth-gaping account of the exploits of the 1/9th Cavalry during the Vietnam War. It is told from the perspective of the pilots, gunners and observers, as well as the ground assault troops attached to them, the "Blues." The risks taken by this experimental helicopter unit were absolutely horrifying, as we're the casualties they took--especially by the crews of the tiny Light Observation Helicopters (LOH's) which got directly in the enemies' faces and shot them down in spite of the tiny choppers' extreme vulnerability. Still, they were amazingly effective, accounting for a highly disproportionate amount of enemy kills. Few units in the war were as effective, in fact. Along the way, kids were made into men and many broken into wrecks of men. Heroes emerged, then sent home to face nothing but hatred and abuse by the very country that sent them into battle in the first place. Many of these kids had their youth taken from them, made to see and do things that no one should, and have had a very hard time coping with "normal" life since. Still, most of them hold their heads high to this day. They deserve our appreciation, respect and thanks.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael Burnam-Fink

    Brennan has put together a high-octane collection of personal accounts of battle from 30 Air Cavalry warriors who served in the 1st of the 9th Air Cavalry. I read a lot of these memoirs, and this one is a cut above the rest, both in terms of the accounts and the organization. The 1/9 was an elite unit that was constantly in battle, and these men have hair-raising tales of heroism and sacrifice under fire. Putting seven years of stories together provides a bigger picture on the war than is typica Brennan has put together a high-octane collection of personal accounts of battle from 30 Air Cavalry warriors who served in the 1st of the 9th Air Cavalry. I read a lot of these memoirs, and this one is a cut above the rest, both in terms of the accounts and the organization. The 1/9 was an elite unit that was constantly in battle, and these men have hair-raising tales of heroism and sacrifice under fire. Putting seven years of stories together provides a bigger picture on the war than is typically in a one-year tour of duty memoir, with the progression from slow pistol powered H-13 scouts and ad hoc Huey gunships, to the battle-tested tactics of 1970, and the battered withdrawal in '72. Cav troopers came in three flavors. Blue teams were infantry, securing hot LZs and rescuing downed pilots. Red teams flew gunships, first Huey and then Cobras, devastating targets with rockets and miniguns. The best of the best were White team scouts, who flew H-13s and OH-58s at treetop level, tracking Charlie down jungle paths, drawing fire from the infantry, and using a variety of customized guns and bombs to bring the fight to the enemy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Todd Kehoe

    A good collection of short stories from individual members of the 1st Calvary from 1965-72 with stories of soldiers, medics, pilots & others. A collection of memoirs showing on what the war was & the problems that came from it becoming a situation impossible to win for the US Army. There is a reason why the move Apocalypse Now used the 1/9 regiment in the movie. They were the absolute tip of the spear. It’s an overview of the battles America slowly put themselves into & how they got out with a f A good collection of short stories from individual members of the 1st Calvary from 1965-72 with stories of soldiers, medics, pilots & others. A collection of memoirs showing on what the war was & the problems that came from it becoming a situation impossible to win for the US Army. There is a reason why the move Apocalypse Now used the 1/9 regiment in the movie. They were the absolute tip of the spear. It’s an overview of the battles America slowly put themselves into & how they got out with a few sad tales along the way showing they were people trying to survive & do their part to get home. The 1st Cav was like Marines, they were in the thick of the fighting from the start until the end.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    I've read and re-read this book three times so far. What makes it so compelling are all the different perspectives from each author. Most of them center around the history of the 1/9th Air Cavalry in Vietnam. I think the writers behind Apocalypse Now appropriated some of the legend behind the 1/9th (1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry) that is pure solid gold reading here. Absolutely stunning tales, I'll still have my dog-eared copy for years and years. I've read and re-read this book three times so far. What makes it so compelling are all the different perspectives from each author. Most of them center around the history of the 1/9th Air Cavalry in Vietnam. I think the writers behind Apocalypse Now appropriated some of the legend behind the 1/9th (1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry) that is pure solid gold reading here. Absolutely stunning tales, I'll still have my dog-eared copy for years and years.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nadir

    Great anecdotes from several perspectives of the 1/9th Cav - Scout pilots & gunners, Gunship pilots, "Blues" (infantry) platoon members, and a few from soldiers who filled more than one role. Quite a lot can be learned about how these units were employed and how effective they were at their task. Worth reading for any student of the Vietnam War. Great anecdotes from several perspectives of the 1/9th Cav - Scout pilots & gunners, Gunship pilots, "Blues" (infantry) platoon members, and a few from soldiers who filled more than one role. Quite a lot can be learned about how these units were employed and how effective they were at their task. Worth reading for any student of the Vietnam War.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aric

    Great description of the helicopter war in South East Asia. But another head scratcher when it comes to tactics. Basically drop of a squad of guys, they get shot up, so back and pick them up a few hours later.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jack

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jim Doering

  10. 4 out of 5

    Allan

  11. 5 out of 5

    Wyatt

  12. 5 out of 5

    James Mcneill

  13. 5 out of 5

    Will

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chris the Protagonist Antagonist

  15. 5 out of 5

    Vlastimil

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sean

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marvin

  18. 4 out of 5

    Harold Palmquist

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jason

  20. 5 out of 5

    Russell

  21. 5 out of 5

    Randolf

  22. 5 out of 5

    Barry C. French

  23. 4 out of 5

    David Lengyel

  24. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rick Klein

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nick Wingham-Boyer

  27. 4 out of 5

    Josh

  28. 4 out of 5

    Petr Poljanský

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Daniel

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ronald Broun

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