Small Unit Action in Vietnam, Summer 1966 (Marine Corps)
Small Unit Action in Vietnam, Summer 1966. Capt Francis J. West, Jr., USMCR. 1967. 1977 reprint. 123 pp.
Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:
- What is the range of the M79 grenade launcher?
- What’s the difference between an M19 mortar and an M29 mortar?
- Where can I find a story where a higher ranking officer set aside his pride for the cause?
- What was it like to patrol rice paddies?
- What should you do if a Marine told you to “make a hat” during the Vietnam War?
Author Captain West was an observer in all of the incidents documented in this book. According to the preface, these first hand accounts were documented by notes and taped interviews taken in the field. Each of the nine incidents portrayed begins with an introductory paragraph that sketches out the author’s involvement in the firefight. Photographs and sketches are included in the narrative that follows.
After the main text, there is a “Glossary of Marine Small Arms” (page 140 of the PDF file) that provides valuable background for the writer portraying US infantry weapons of this period. Basic specifications are provided without photographs. It is enough for a writer to understand which weapon should be used for each job.