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Marines in Hue City: A Portrait of Combat, Tet 1968

Marines in Hue City: A Portrait of Combat, Tet 1968
by Eric Hammel

List Price: $34.95 
Hardcover: 168 pages
ISBN: 0760325219
Publisher: Zenith Press
Publish Date:  February 15, 2007 

New in Print

Over decades of conflict in Vietnam, Hue, the former imperial capital, had been spared. But everything changed on January 31, 1968, the eve of the lunar new year--a national holiday long marked by a mutual ceasefire--when the North Vietnamese launched a massive offensive. In the cataclysm of violence that convulsed South Vietnam during the now-infamous Tet Offensive, Hue was overrun--and the only forces available to counterattack were a handful of Marine infantry companies based eight miles south of the city. This photographic history chronicles the savage battle that followed as, for four excruciating weeks, the Marines of Task Force X-Ray fought house to house and street by street to retake the city so central to the Vietnamese culture and psyche. Through photographs taken in the heat of the action, readers will follow one of the wars most important campaigns, as ground gained is measured in painstaking inches and every alley, every street corner, every window might be the last.

About the Author:

Eric Hammel is a well-respected military historian and the author of over thirty works of military history including the critically acclaimed Iwo Jima: Portrait of a Battle, Portrait of a Battle, Pacific Warriors: The U.S. Marines in World War II, Chosin, The Root, and Fire in the Streets , the definitive narrative account of the battle for Hue City.  He lives in Northern California. 

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