By Philip Katcher
Philip Katcher presents an summary to the clash that engulfed Vietnam following the department of the rustic into alongside the seventeenth Parallel in 1954. The uniforms and insignia of the united states forces, together with the military, specific Forces, air strength, army and marine corps, are handled intimately, including these of the ARVN, the Allied Forces (such because the Royal Thai military and Korean troops), and in addition the Communist NLF (Viet Cong) and NVA forces. Mike Chappell's vibrant paintings offers lots of aspect to accompany this authoritative text.
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This exposed the regiments and the Maine Battery between the cutting and the pike, and they fell hack in sympathy. The situation was restored, however, by Colonel Rufus Dawes and the reserve drawn from all the Iron Brigade regiments. He led them across to the right at the double-quick and struck the wheeling grey line just as it was threatening the Westerners on the ridge. Dawes's horse was struck and he EeIZ to the ground; but hc was not hurt, and his men gave him a cheer as he dashed forward to lead them on foot.
At Spottsylvania the Confederates occupied a strong salient position with a particularly welldefended point known as 'the Mule Shoe' or 'Bloody Angle' at the north end. In the battle which followed the Iron Brigade attacked on the west flank of the salient, and again were in the thick of the fighting, and suffered casualties. At Spottsylvania :he Second Wisconsin, the oIdest regiment in the Iron Brigade left. Reduced to fewer than roo men, it was detached to become provost guard for the Division, The Second Wisconsin had a n unsurpassed record during its three years of service, and suffered more casualties than any regiment in the Union armies.
Thus the gallant Iron Brigade played an important part in deciding the outcome of the battle, and in the final triumph of the North. The Pvldne Battery In a d a m between the &ning Chnn~bersburg : Turnpike at Gettyuhurg and the Gettysburg may be classed as their last stand. After the battle their huge losses were made up with men from many States of the Union, and although they played a valuable part under General Grant in the final advance on Richmond, this new unit could no longer be reckoned as the old Iron Brigade of Westerners.
Armies of the Vietnam War 1962-75 (Men-at-Arms, Volume 104) by Philip Katcher