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Operation Buffalo: Usmc Fight for the DMZ [Mass Market Paperback]

Keith William Nolan
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group; Reprint edition (31 Dec 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044021310X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440213109
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,288,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vividly chronicles the efforts of the U.S. Marines to defend the DMZ in 1967, describing the hardships of these undersupplied troops as they faced attacks from the North Vietnamese. Reprint.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great piece of writing 27 Jun 2011
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Another great book from this author, I've read most of his books and this one is right up there with all the others. Very descriptive, and it is very easy to imagine the fighting going on.
I like the way he tells each individual soldiers own story of fighting and personal battle. The number of soldiers the NVA were willing to sacrifice for this battle is astounding and numbing at the same time.
Fantastic book, the only criticism I have is that Nolan' books are becoming more and more expensive.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Operation Buffalo well worth it 1 Sep 2008
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I have read many many books on modern warfare, battles etc. This book is frank and honest it is a warts and all regardless kind of read. Most veterans that I have spoken to who have read it vouched for its truthfulness. The descriptions are vivid one can almost smell the napalm.
Well worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very real and well written account . 16 Feb 1999
By Keith Price - Published on Amazon.com
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Operation Buffalo should be made into a Movie as it the best written book I have ever read about what the Marines and Corpsmen of Northern I Corps endured in Viet Nam. Time and again the men of the First Battalion Ninth Marines found themselves fighting against numerically superiour forces with very little support available at critical moments. Mention is made in the book that the First Battalion Ninth Marines was marked by the North Vietnames Army for destruction. I can't say for sure that this was true, but "The Walking Dead" nick-name was was paid for in blood. Keith N. Price Former HM3 Disability Retired Bravo Company, First Battalion Ninth Marines
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slugging it out with the NVA. 11 Oct 2000
By Richard P. Mayhew - Published on Amazon.com
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In the summer of 1967 the USMC found itself engaged in a battle that caught them by suprise and cost them over 180 soldiers KIA and many more WIA. Vietnam was a war where many restriction were placed on American fighting forces, those restrictions were even stricter in the strange terrain of the DMZ. Like other books by Mr. Nolan (Into Laos and Into Cambodia come to mind) there is rich detail and information woven into a story by a chronological telling of event leading up to and through the battle. While there is a very good and informative sitrep of American (particularly USMC) involvement in Vietnam the strength of this book is it's "put you in the foxhole" eyes view of the fight. I had never read an account of where almost an entire American Company was overrun by large NVA forces, it is not pretty. I have read that ear collecting was something that happened in the war to dead enemy soldiers, the NVA put their own sick twist on this sort of war atrocity by collecting USMC tattoos from fallen grunts. There are graphic descriptions of the early M-16 problems which ended up causing the USA and USMC many casualties. This book contains some things that really suprised me, NVA soldiers equiped with flame-throwers looking for suvivors of the initial ambush, NVA artillery support which was accurate and protected from US airpower hitting American forces with a sustained barrage, NVA use of USMC gear such as flak vests and radios, American tanks being blown away like toys. There are many sad twists, if you are looking for a John Wayne type combat read stick to a novel, this one hurts the heart. I can't say enough about this book, if you are a student of the fighting in Southeast Asia get this book, Mr. Nolan really puts things together in this clear and painfully vivid book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my cousin was killed in this action 29 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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my cousin was killed on this operation so i approached this book with some difficulty,however the author has handled that sorry day an operation without any sensationalism,just treated it with the respect the fallen deserved,this book flows well and covers everything remarkably well .i believe that this book is one of the best (first/second)persons accounts of any battle in any war ever,a must buy book
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars too true 3 April 2002
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As a member of 1/9, this through the eyes look at real combat in the DMZ, allows those who didn't participate the chance to feel the fear, pain and courage of these fine young men. Should be required reading for every person who is contemplating becoming the few, the proud, the Marines.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A story told by an author who talked to those who were there 9 Dec 1998
By GRUNT06@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
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Keith Nolan's account of those hot, early days of July 1967 up at the DMZ captures the personalities and the fighting spirit of Marines locked in battle with the North Vietnamese Army. From the initial ambush that wiped out a Marine company to the final withdrawal of NVA forces across the Ben Hai River, Nolan's account of events is detailed and accurate. For those of us who were there, he provides a journey back. For those who weren't, he offers a glimpse of something rare and frightening - a contest of wills and of arms between two of the most highly regarded fighting forces ever to take the field, the North Vietnamese Army and the United States Marine Corps. A thrilling story told by a terrific historian.
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