Hell in An Loc: The 1972 Easter Invasion and the Battle That Saved South Viet Nam is a unique military history, written primarily to tell the story of a critical battle from the South Vietnamese point of view. Four years after the Tet offensive, the North Vietnamese army initiated a furious assault that would have taken South Vietnam save that it was stymied in An Loc, a former rubber plantation town sixty miles from the capital. Outnumbered and outgunned, the South Vietnamese army held out against three North Vietnamese army divisions, supported by artillery and armored regiments, for three long months. Yet this strong victory was all but ignored by the American media, which had ceased to focus upon the war after the disengagement of U.S. forces and the Vietnamization of the conflict. Author Lam Quang Thi postulates that the South Vietnamese victory in An Loc contradicted widespread beliefs that the Vietnamese war could not be won because the South Vietnamese army was a corrupt and unskilled at war, and therefore this potentially disruptive victory was played down. A meticulous account created specifically to set the historical record straight, Hell in An Loc is highly recommended especially for college library and military history collections focusing on the Vietnam conflict.
Thi gives an overview of the book:
Born in the Mekong Delta in 1932 to a wealthy land-owning family, Thi Quang Lam spent 25 years in the army and rose to the rank of lieutenant general by the time the Vietnam war ended. In Vietnam, he obtained a French baccalaureate in French philosophy and later, in the...