A Very Short War
The Mayaguez and the Battle of Koh TangBook - 1995
A Very Short War is a unique and compelling account of the Mayaguez-Koh Tang crisis by soldier-historian John F. Guilmartin, Jr. A former air rescue helicopter pilot stationed in Thailand in May 1975, Guilmartin revisits Mayaguez and Koh Tang - and the chaotic events leading up to the affair. He sheds new light on the politics, the tactics, the orders, the high-level decision makers, and the fighting men entangled in a crucial military action that nearly ended in disaster for U.S. forces. Arguing that the Mayaguez-Koh Tang operation demonstrates war's essential unpredictability, Guilmartin deftly explodes many of the popularly held myths that surround the nature of war.
Publisher: College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c1995.
Edition: 1st ed.
Branch Call Number: 959.70434/GUILMARTIN
Characteristics: xxi, 238 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.