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Unheralded Victory: Who Won the Vietnam War? Paperback – 8 May 2001

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (8 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0004725409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0004725406
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 14.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,111,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The truth behind the Vietnam War
I wanted to tell the real story about the American and Australian conduct of the war in Vietnam. I wanted to set the record straight and maybe help undo some of those various myths and falsehoods that have characterised most histories - and the popular memory - of that conflict. Unheralded Victory is the result and i have been delighted by the response. Veterans and military people have hailed it as 'the truth at last.' The general public and non-military book reviewers, after their initial incredulity (the Communists lost???!!) have been equally enthusiastic about it. Maybe the veterans of those actions against the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army will now get the long-overdue credit and respect they earned. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Unheralded Victory is a revisionist history of the Vietnam war, charting the defeat of the Viet Cong. It investigates why the popular image of the war then, as now, is that propagated by Hanoi’s propoganda machine, and why US propaganda was so clumsy. Many myths are debunked: drug use among forces, ‘fragging’, US morale: the author’s account squares with the recollection of actual veterans. He also exposes a number of ‘eyewitnesses’, some active in the veterans’ organizations who were never in Vietnam and whose false testimony has contributed to enduring myth of the ‘crazed ‘Nam veteran’ as portrayed in cinema and TV.

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Format: Hardcover
As the platoon sergeant of an infantry combat platoon that suffered the
highest casualties of any Australian combat platoon (34) during a one year
tour (1966-7) reading Mark's book "Unheralded Victory" reinforces my belief
in what the Free World achieved. Victory over the Communist forces of North
For over thirty years (1965-2000) the American and Australian media machine
has never been objective in writing about Vietnam. I believe that they
deliberately distorted the truth, conned by the enemies propaganda. This
distortion has now been accepted by politicians and the uninformed, mostly
academic, commentators. Why, because they are the tertiary product of the
socialist orientated lecturers in Australia's Universities post Vietnam.
Until Mark Woodruff's "Unheralded Victory" became available only those who
fought the war knew the truth. The war was won by The Free World Forces as
early as 1970, but it took three years for the North Vietnamese to con us
into signing their acceptable peace. A peace that they had always intended
to smash when they were ready to reinvade the south. This they did in 1975
after all the Free World Forces had left and the South Vietnamese government
was downsizing it's armed forces by scores of thousands.
Bravo Mark, your book should be compulsory reading for all military
historians and those who seek the truth, the others fail the test of truth.
Bob Buick
Platoon Sergeant
11 Pl D Company 6RAR
Viet Nam 1966-7
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Format: Hardcover
This book makes some ruddy bizarre claims about one of America's darkest hours. The idea that Woodruff proposes is a simple one:

America entered Vietnam to stop the spread of communism through the country. By the time they left the south had not fallen to the red tide...therefore they succeeded in their mission.

This drastically over-simplifies the situation to a startling degree. Ignoring the obvious fact that the U.S was simply propping up a regime that was rotten to the core, Woodruff attempts to legitimise pretty much EVERY US action in some way or another.

On the flip-side it DOES present a lot of statistical evidence to back up his claims, some of which is pretty damned interesting BUT, what is it politicians say about 'lies, damn lies and statistics'?
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For anyone who still does harbour the received notion that the USA lost the Vietnam War to a tiny 3rd-World nation of peasant farmers, Mark Woodruff's book will come as a surprise. To his credit he does make clear at the outset that this IS a partial review of the war. He's an ex-Marine and is determined to make the point that - taken purely as a military operation between the years 1965-1973 - the US Armed Forces can justifably consider themselves `victors'. However, noble as that undertaking is, he'll also be aware of Von Clausewitz's statement that "war is a continuation of politics by other means". As he points out, the Vietnamese were fighting other foes long before the Americans appeared, and the Northern Vietnamese continued to fight their Southern counterparts for two, ultimately successful, years afterwards. He does a fine job of refuting many of the myths that have been handed down since the end of the war and is clear on exactly what the scope of his book is, and crucially isn't. But the reader seeking a wider view of S.E.Asian history and politics will be entitled to ask about just WHY the USA became as heavily involved as it did (particularly after having been so closely involved in financially supporting the abortive French attempts to `hold onto' French Indochina in the 1950s), why it allowed such a corrupt regime as Thieu's to develop, what ultimate effect Nixon and Kissinger's secret bombing of Cambodia had (unleashing the Khmer Rouge?) and why it did ultimately decide to pull out? Having said all of that, within its own narrow parameters `Unheralded Victory' is a welcome addition to the histories of the S.E.Asian conflicts.
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Mark Woodruff has attempted to write a revisionist history of the Vietnam War, in which he argues that in fact the U.S. Army won the war comfortably against the Viet Cong and the NVA.
From reading his book, you would think that the Viet Cong did not kill a single U.S. soldier, regardless of the fact that 58,000 American soldiers perished.
Certainly, the U.S. killed far more Viet Cong, NVA and Vietnamese civilians with bombing of villages, using agent orange, napalm, and all that other "good stuff" compared to their enemy, but whether this can be called "a military victory" is highly questionable. Also, according to Woodruff, the My Lai massacre was the only time that U.S. soldiers murdered Vietnamese civilians. Never mind the documentary, eye-witness and other evidence that has been gathered, demonstrating how the U.S. army dropped tons of napalm and agent orange, maiming villagers and causing permanent radioactive damage to their bodies.
I suggest reading a book on Vietnam that looks at the war more objectively because Woodruff is completely biased with his "commies-were-bad-guys,we-were-good-guys" attitude and about Communist propaganda (like the South Vietnamese and Americans didn't have propaganda of their own).
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