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Praying for Slack: A Marine Corps Tank Commander in Vietnam (Fills Military History Placeholder) Hardcover – Illustrated, 18 Sep 2005
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Zenith Press continues to turn out some great material at very affordable prices! In this title, they bring us Robert Peavey who tells us the story of being a Marine Corps tank commander in Vietnam. The title, 'Praying For Slack' was the crews' wish of not having to deal with too much 'stuff' and was appropriately the name of their M48A3 Patton tank. Despite the name, these Marines would see some of the hottest tank battles in that war. Corporal Robert Peavey and his crew were assigned to the First and Third Marine Divisions at different times and were able to experience the lunacy of fighting a war led by Washington bureaucrats. The coverage of this title is presented as follows:. How It All Began Crossing The Pond The Debut Welcome to Eye Corps First Rites Time Allen Brook Angles Flying Too Close to the Ground Friendly Fire Not So Tough Movin' North The Night the War Was Lost Life's Certain Flavor The Steel Ghost Apricots With the Doggies on the DMZ Tiger! Twenty-nine and a Wake-up "Too Sort for This Shit" Many folks don't realize that the Marines fought the war with tanks as well as with helicopters. The author states that the book was originally conceived as a series of short stories that told how it was to get into the hot stuff near a fire base or patrolling along the DMZ during one of LBJ's famous cease fires. The author provides a well-written description of the action from one of the best views in Vietnam, saddled up in the commander's seat of the Patton tank. With the roaring successes that tankers have experienced in the years since Vietnam, this is an excellent glimpse of life in the 'trenches' before Washington returned operational control of the battlefield to its military commanders. This is a great read for treadheads and military historians alike. If you're wanting to get into your Tamiya M48A3 project, settle down and enjoy this great title, you'll be ready to tackle that project with renewed energy! This title is highly recommended! --CyberModelerOnline
Two different wars were fought in Vietnam, the jungle-and-body-trap one down south, and the WWII-like one up on the DMZ "I was one of a handful whose Vietnam tour was evenly split between the First and Third Marine Divisions, and saw, firsthand, the difference 170 miles could make during the war's bloodiest year." Corporal Robert Peavey was a tank commander in I Corps (Eye Corps) on the DMZ when LBJ ordered a bombing halt over the North. His compelling first-hand account chronicles operations just south of the 'Z, operations that most Vietnam War histories have completely ignored. Peavey offers detailed, understandable explanations of combat strategy, strengths and shortcomings of standard-issue armament, and inter-service rivalries. This Marine veteran's account is special for two other reasons. He served as an M48A3 Patton tank commander. Tanks were not common-place in Vietnam. Many readers will be surprised to learn that there were quite a few tanks in Vietnam, the geography of which is characterized in the popular mind as being triple-canopy jungle and rice paddies.In fact, much of Vietnam was "good tank country, particularly northern I Corps along the DMZ, Marine Corps territory, and due to the Marines' combined arms organization, with a tank company assigned to each infantry regiment, tanks were involved in every major engagement the Corps was involved in.
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The insights, detailed explanations of what entitles to have that line of work in the very ugly war that was Vietnam, the few and the proud once again shine in the face of adversity. Like the knowledgeable reviewers in amazon correctly pointed out, these tanks were vulnerable in the kind of war they were required to fight, not to say that their capacity to inflict damage was any lesser. Funny, poignant too, the book is a well deserved read. First one for me, and not soon to forget how tanks also played their part in that far away land. 4.5 Stars!
Robert Peavey was a gunner, later Tank Commander in 1968-69. His observations and experiences are excellent. The absolute need for infantry & tank coordination are explained here, many tactical lessons that are still invaluable today, whether in urban, forest or open terrain.
There's humor, sorrow, incredible true stories about tankers fighting the heat, enemy and our own government (Johnson's cease fire rightly is criticized). A few maps and color photos help the reader understand the geography and tanker's life.
Anyone who wants a great picture into the Vietnam War, armored history, and infantry should read this. Should be required reading at Armor and Infantry school. Also has a lot of important leader lessons - setting the example being one of the best. Definitely recommended. I've been waiting a long time to pick this one up, very glad I did.
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