on 26 March 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.
on 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.