Steel My Soldiers' Hearts

Steel My Soldiers' Hearts

The Hopeless to Hardcore Transformation of 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry, United States Army, Vietnam

Book - 2002
Average Rating:
1
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
The commanding officer of an infantry battalion in Vietnam in 1969 recounts how he took over a demoralized unit of ordinary draftees and turned it into an elite fighting force, and describes its accomplishments.

Holtzbrinck
Colonel David H. Hackworth, one of America's most decorated soldiers, lays bare his most daring and legendary tour of duty.

1966
With a full year of Vietnam combat and five months of in-country intense after-action analysis under his pistol belt, Hackworth pens the classic tactical handbook the Vietnam Primer with military historian Samuel Marshall. In a radical shift from the World War II-era tactics then employed in Vietnam, Hackworth stresses the necessity of using disciplined, small units of well-trained men to best fight the hit-and-run warfare of the elusive Viet Cong. "Out G'ing the G," he called his tactics.

1969
Hackworth's expertise lands him back in Vietnam. The Army's message is clear-put up, or shut up. Given the "hopeless," morale-drained 4/39th-an infantry battalion of poorly led draftees with one of the Army's worst casualty rates-Hackworth leads from up front and finds the best in every one of his grunts. Together, they take a page from the VC, write their own book, and become the meanest in the Mekong Delta-the Hardcore Recondos.

2002
With the U.S. again facing elusive insurgent foes-and the hit-and-run tactics of the international terror networks we're presently up against-the 4/39th Hardcore Battalion's successes provide hard-won lessons-learned that are more applicable now than ever.

A tour de force of frontline combat action, Steel My Soldiers' Hearts takes readers alongside sniper missions, into grunt ambush actions, above fields of fire with hard-hitting helicopter strikes, and inside the quagmire of command politics. Hackworth graduates the Mekong Delta brotherhood into the pantheon of our nation's most heroic warriors.


Publisher: New York : Rugged Land, [2002]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9781590710029
1590710029
Branch Call Number: 959.7043 HACKW
Characteristics: 441 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: England, Eilhys

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

f
fazybones
Mar 09, 2013

A unit of draftees has a new commander and he turns them from sloppy undisciplined men into a Battalion of warriors with unit pride. David Hackworth, the most decorated soldier in the US military is one tough hombre.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at GL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top