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Kontum

The Battle to Save South Vietnam
Narrated by: Gary Regal
Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: History, Military
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In the spring of 1972, North Vietnam invaded South Vietnam in what became known as the Easter Offensive. Almost all of the American forces had already withdrawn from Vietnam except for a small group of American advisers to the South Vietnamese armed forces. The 23rd ARVN Infantry Division and its American advisers were sent to defend the provincial capital of Kontum in the Central Highlands. They were surrounded and attacked by three enemy divisions with heavy artillery and tanks but, with the help of air power, managed to successfully defend Kontum and prevent South Vietnam from being cut in half and defeated.

Although much has been written about the Vietnam War, little of it addresses either the Easter Offensive or the Battle of Kontum. In Kontum: The Battle to Save South Vietnam, Thomas P. McKenna fills this gap, offering the only in-depth account available of this violent engagement. McKenna, a US infantry lieutenant colonel assigned as a military adviser to the 23rd Division, participated in the battle of Kontum and combines his personal experiences with years of interviews and research from primary sources to describe the events leading up to the invasion and the battle itself.

Winner of the William E. Colby Award.

©2011 The University Press of Kentucky (P)2015 Redwood Audiobooks

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"Thomas McKenna's fine work is an important addition to our knowledge of advisors and those they advised, during a critical period of the war... In a balanced and detailed account McKenna tells it like it was." ( Journal of Military History)

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  • Russell Tomlinson
  • 12-06-18

An excellent account of an overlooked battle

Very little attention is paid to the Vietnam War after the withdrawal of American ground forces.The North Vietnamese Easter offensive in 1972 is unlike any other campaign fought in that theatre until that point in time.It was fought by largely conventional forces with the North Vietnamese fielding substantial numbers of tanks.It was only American airpower with the stiff resolve of some South Vietnamese units that turned the tide.This is an account of the battle for the central highlands with particular focus on the siege of Kontum.McKenna was an American advisor embedded with South Vietnamese forces and is able to provide a detailed account of the events of the siege.An excellent addition to any library on the Vietnam War.