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|موضوع: The Hell in Vietnam الأربعاء أغسطس 13, 2008 7:20 pm|| |
The Hell in Vietnam
our training in Recondo, we were instructed that having found ourselves
at gun point, seemingly with no chances of survival, we should smile at
our foe. Surprised by such behaviour, he would hesitate for a fraction
of a second. This unbelievably short period of time meant the fine line
between death and life. It gave way for other arguments and we had full
cartridges of them. We would kill hundreds of enemies this way, leaving
behind dead bodies, with the eyes telling the story of surprise and our
By no means was it an ordinary war. Our foe
was faceless, bereft of identity. The whole Vietnam was our enemy. Its
climate, terrain, mud, jungle, mosquitoes and short, weird inhabitants,
armed with Chinese weapons and unreal ideals.
terms of military strength, we outpowered the enemy. We had
state-of-the-art technology, napalm, helicopters, artillery support,
communications, supplies of equipment. No way we could lost? Way. It is
hard to imagine any army capable of defeating foe who is nowhere and
everywhere at the same time, foe who fights on his own ground, which
for us was hostile, alien and hard to understand. With time, we learnt
some rules of that world, we grasped the gist of fighting there.
However, it was primarily the fight for survival.
Minh, the leader of the communists in Vietnam, once said: you can kill
ten of my men with the loss of just one of yours, but you will still
lose, and I shall prevail. At the early stages of war in Vietnam, we
treated those words as a madman's babble. Towards the end, we had to
acknowledge they were true.
In October 1967, having spent some time training at a school for
special forces in Nha Trang, I was transferred to a temporary military
base in Don Dien, as the leader of a distant recon squad of four men.
We all had been in service for long, trained in sabotage, communication
and intel. We were invisible to those who themselves tried to be
invisible. We were the assassins of killers. Ready to bite. Yet, the
winter offensive of North Vietnam army smashed our teeth.
In 1968, a base located on the hill outside Don Dien found itself on
the marching route of a regular communist army, preparing for the
strike on the ancient, imperial city of Hue - the Binh Tri Thien
Al. Capone used to say that you can win more if you supplement
outspoken words with a gun. We were not trained to give speeches. As
for the guns, we had plenty of them...
Col. Thomas "Deadeye" Coburn, 1982.
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