By John Southard

After fairly profitable army interventions in Iraq in 1992 and Yugoslavia in 1998, many American strategists believed that airpower and distant expertise have been the way forward for U.S. army motion. yet America's most modern wars within the heart East have strengthened the significance of counterinsurgency, with its vital to "win hearts and minds" at the floor in overseas lands. In either Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. army has studied and experimented with the mixed motion platoon (CAP) proposal used from 1965 to 1971 through the Marine Corps in Vietnam.

Consisting of twelve Marines, a medic, and dozens of green neighborhood militiamen, the yank contingent of CAPs lived in South Vietnamese villages the place they supplied twenty-four-hour safety and day-by-day clinical help for civilians, and fostered social interplay via civic motion tasks, equivalent to development faculties, places of work, and wells. Defend and Befriend is the 1st finished learn of the evolution of those platoons, emphasizing how and why the U.S. Marine Corps tried to beat the inherent army, social, and cultural hindrances at the floor in Vietnam. Basing his research on Marine documents and diverse interviews with CAP veterans, writer John Southard illustrates how hundreds of thousands of infantrymen tasked with counterinsurgency tasks got here to understand the Vietnamese humans and their mission.

This specific research counters winning stereotypes and offers a brand new viewpoint at the American infantryman within the Vietnam warfare. Illuminating the phobia felt through many americans as they served between teams of understandably suspicious civilians, Defend and Befriend bargains very important insights into the longer term improvement of counterinsurgency doctrine.

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