By Christopher Ronnau
BAPTISM through FIRE
Chris Ronnau volunteered for the military and used to be despatched to Vietnam in January 1967, armed with an M-14 rifle and American convey traveler’s assessments. however the latter quickly proved really unnecessary because the deepest first-class chanced on himself within the thick of 2 pivotal, fiercely fought gigantic pink One operations, going head-to-head opposed to crack Viet cong and NVA troops within the infamous Iron Triangle and alongside the treacherous Cambodian border close to Tay Ninh.
Patrols, ambushes, plunging down VC tunnels, seek and smash missions–there have been some ways to force the enemy from his personal yard, as Ronnau fast stumbled on. in keeping with the magazine Ronnau saved in Vietnam, Blood Trails captures the hellish jungle conflict in all its stark life-and-death immediacy. This wrenching chronicle is usually stirring testimony to the quiet braveness of these unsung American heroes, many now not but twenty-one, who had a task to do and did it with out complaint–fighting, sacrificing, and death for his or her nation.
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In one of them two men and their wives and a young girl of eighteen were bayoneted. " Another fragment of a notebook: "25th August (in Belgium) Three hundred inhabitants of the town were shot. The survivors were requisitioned as grave-diggers. " Some of the soldiers had treated the prisoners kind: so General Stenger, who commanded the 58th Brigade, gave his troops the following order on the 25th of August: ly, "To date from this day no prisoners will be made any longer. All the prisoners will be executed.