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Certainly full of interesting footage. I must append a ...
on 1 August 2014
Certainly full of interesting footage. I must append a warning to all the glowing reviews though: the perspective is overwhelmingly pro-American, so much so that I will admit I only watched the first one. It is narrated by Americans, its authority comes from American journalists who apparently insisted on going into battle and who reflect tearfully from their grand retirement homes. The bravery is apparently all on the American side, the wounded and dead seem to be entirely American, martyrs carried away to an accompaniment of epic orchestral music. The first episode describes a major battle of 1964 in which, we are told, Americans outnumbered eight-to-one win a victory which can be compared to the victories won on the beaches of Normandy. This "victory" involves landing hopelessly under-supplied troops in a pocket of ground where they are attacked and overwhelmed by an underestimated enemy for three days, incurring heavy casualties, before finally calling in emergency air strikes. These strikes kill further American troops in "friendly fire" incidents but, again, apparently no Vietcong are killed or wounded, at least if the footage and narration is to believed. But, the air effort "pushes the enemy" back long enough to rescue what remains of the American forces. God Bless America for this victory.