Helion's Target Saigon 1973-75 vol.3

Author/Artists: Albert Grandiolini


Helion  Publishing


$29.95 MSRP from Casemate


Scott Van Aken

Notes: 76 pages, softcover, approx 100 images
ISBN 978-1-912390-19-9

The war in Vietnam was one that lasted from right after WWII and finally culminated in 1975. During that time, first the French and then after several years of a divided nation, the US was forced out, which led to the fall of the South Vietnamese government and the conquering of the south by the North Vietnamese Army.

When the US left the conflict, the amount of support in terms of equipment, money and troops pretty much dried up. With insufficient funds to keep equipment operating, it was only a matter of time before the North Vietnamese would take advantage of that. It did not help that the government of South Vietnam withdrew from a fairly large swath of territory, basically handing it over to the North without a fight. Emboldened, the NVA started moving south, mostly along the coast.

Though the ARVN troops fought well, they were simply overwhelmed by numbers. Much materiel was abandon and used by the NVA in their push south. This includes pretty much anything you can think of from tanks to trucks to weapons and ammunition and even includes aircraft.

This volume in the last days of South Vietnam covers the push down the coast and especially the battles for the areas around DaNang. The author has done a great deal of research that includes access to the archives of the People's Army of VietNam. This archives also includes a lot of photos, many of which are included in this volume. Another thing I really like about this book is that the maps included are actually useful and allow one to follow the progress down the coast. Of course, you cannot have conflict without politics and all of that is also included, bringing light to why things turned out the way it did. It all makes for a most interesting read and is one that I am sure you will enjoy reading.

March 2023

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