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Tiger Force [Kindle Edition]

Michael Sallah
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For seven months in 1967 the soldiers of Tiger Force lost control in a frenzy of torture, mutilation and cold-blooded murder. Stories started to leak back of women and children blown to pieces; of innocent civilians being routinely executed; of beheaded children and necklaces made from the severed ears of the dead. Afterwards no-one would talk about what happened, and the official investigation was swiftly curtailed.

The actions of Tiger Force in the Vietnam war have never been made public; some have even alleged they were subject to a government cover-up. The experimental unit of elite soldiers found itself in a brutal and baffling war where there were no rules, and their reaction was catastrophic.

TIGER FORCE is the previously unheard account of the true actions of these doomed men, and the consequences of this dark chapter in recent history. For the very first time, Pulitzer-prize winning authors Michael Sallah and Mitchell Weiss reveal the awful truth behind the American military's wall of silence.

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A vital and damning glimpse at what really goes on behind the wartime headlines. (Metro)

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The shocking true story of American soldiers out of control in Vietnam, by Pulitzer-prize winning authors - APOCALYPSE NOW meets BLACK HAWK DOWN

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 660 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder; New Ed edition (16 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00713DME0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,697 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner 2 Jan. 2010
This is a real solid military read, its honest and compeling if not extremely brutal at times.
Its easy to read and i found myself completly hooked from the first chapter. A real solid read and a must for anyone who wants to get away from the usual military genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Lai was bad but this is worse. 26 Mar. 2008
Tiger force the book has been put together & written by two American journalists but is the combination of three years of hard work by Army investigator Gustav Apsey who was appointed to investigate war crimes that occurred in the Central Highlands, South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
Most people with knowledge of Vietnam will have heard about My Lai but this is worse.
Tiger force liked to be known as the special forces of the 1st battalion/ 327th infantry.
Tiger force the group worked as a recon platoon who had about 45 soldiers rotate in and out during they existence and chapters 1-19 takes the reader back to 1967 and joins the soldiers on their search and destroy missions in the Song Ve Valley between the months of July and November 1967.
The events the book describes and goes in to detail about are horrifying, shocking &gruesome in their content and will shake you were core but it is a story that needed to be written, hopefully to prevent future events like this never happening again.
The particular events that took place that formed Chapter 19 will stay in your mind long after you have read the last page of the book itself.
Whilst the book is brutally honest about what went on it does go in to detail how and why war affects soldiers & why they alone shouldn't be held wholly accountable for what went on.
What will puzzle the reader the most as it did me is how no charges were ever brought against anyone and even more mind boggling is how the whole episode never even ended up in a court of some king be it military or civilian.
In summary the book will in my opinion help people understand what sometimes goes on behind the headlines of war and why we should do ever thing in our power to prevent war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars compulsive 25 May 2008
Allow 24hrs to yourself,and read this book, you will be well and truly gripped,aswell as sickened and horrified,once you start it is very hard to put down.
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3.0 out of 5 stars What War Can Do to the Unloved That Get Sent to Fight 3 April 2010
By Citizen John - Published on
Caveat: This book does not put the significance of Tiger Force into the war's historical perspective - not that anything could excuse the atrocities committed.

This is a story about some unfortunate young men that got used up as wars tend to do to the actual fighters. They ended up committing unspeakable acts (most of the worst details are left out) in the Vietnam War and their lives were ruined. It is not a story about the middle aged and above men who directed and produced the script. Those men didn't get caught.

The young men recruited into Tiger Force were appealed to on the basis of their patriotism. They knew this unit would be deployed into one hot spot after another and likely suffer relatively high casualties. And they were pumped up with encouragement that they were the ones doing the hard work, the dirty work in the service of their country.

The narratives show that Tiger Force had more than its share of social outcasts. They also show that these young men, who had never experienced a normal upbringing, were extremely patriotic. The young men justified what they did at the time in terms of how it would benefit their country and some of them reenlisted.

Tiger Force was founded by David Hackworth, a major at the time. Hackworth, a highly decorated soldier (now deceased), understood that the U.S. had to make adjustments in the war effort because it was using WWII tactics against a guerrilla force in the jungle. Hackworth was successful convincing the Army brass to use smaller more mobile and camouflaged units in the jungle. Tiger force was the first of the new units that got established. Tiger force soldiers wore military clothes and gear and carried weapons that didn't even have to be U.S. government issued.

Tiger Force members were infantry elites. When they moved through the dense foliage, they were silent and didn't smoke. They did everything - ambush, recon and saving other units pinned down. They came in frequent contact with the enemy resulting lots of casualties on both sides and yet their members volunteered for additional tours more often than other units.

With this perspective it is much easier to understand the value of this book. The civilian leadership along with the very top military leadership decided to clear entire geographic areas within Viet Nam to deny the enemy support and sanctuary. This is exactly what presidential hopeful John Kerry complained most about when he became a famous anti-war protester. Tiger Force, simply because it operated as it did, was a logical unit for those most responsible for the atrocities to use in their plans. Tiger Force was commanded to clear areas of civilians. This was not what Hackworth envisioned when he founded the outfit.

The Vietnamese civilians that were ordered by the U.S. military to vacate their areas really had nowhere good to relocate. They resisted and kept returning to their homeland, and many became victims of the policies and soldiers carrying out those policies.

The thing I appreciated most about this book was that it finally gave the story of many former members of Tiger Force. Those that survived didn't fit into civilian life. They were into drugs and alcohol much of the time and often lived almost a nomadic lifestyle. These men suffered because of their prior experience in Viet Nam. That's a significant point and I give credit to authors Sallah and Weiss for their dedication and research.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 11 Mar. 2015
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An interesting read
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