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Add to cart: Snakes, Rain and the Tet Offensive: War Stories with Photos

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This is a limited-run beautiful full-color hardback book produced and printed entirely in the USA. Each copy is signed and numbered by the author. Price: $90 USD includes free shipping to anywhere in the United States via media mail. Quotes for international or expedited shipping available if you contact us.

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Snakes, Rain and the Tet Offensive: War Stories With Photos tells the story of what one year in Viet Nam as a combat engineer was like. Based off over 500 color slides taken by the author, along with 50 letters home, the resulting commentary is factual, highly detailed, occasionally humorous, and sometimes painful to read and see.

In December 1967, when the Tet Offensive began, the author was helping build a Special Forces base camp in the path of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The military strategy was to put a plug in the southern end of the trail, preventing the North Vietnamese easy access to Saigon. The resulting clash between the Special Forces protecting the combat engineers and the North Vietnamese Army flowing through the jungle around the camp is told here in riveting detail.

Over 275 color photos and 35,000 words describe and display not only the fire fights and ambushes the combat engineers experienced, but the day-to-day operations of repairing roads, storage yards, company areas, and forward fire bases. The gradual growth of “fragging” and the constant potential of a sudden death from land mines, ambushes, and mortar attacks provide a backdrop for the psychological disintegration of the author as he rides his road grader around the rural countryside surrounding Tay Ninh, repairing the roads and simply trying to stay alive.

This book gives the reader a unique, detailed look into the Viet Nam war experience. It will be insightful reading for historians interested in how a draftee army operated, and how draftees responded to being turned into instant soldiers. The pain, the joy, the terror, the comradeship. It’s all here, told from the perspective of “ground-pounders” and “crawlers” caught up in deadly events not of their own making.