Title: The Cambodian Campaign: The 1970 Offensive ...
Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 2005
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
222pp/illus/maps. The Cambodian Campaign (also known as the Cambodian Incursion) was a series of military operations conducted in eastern Cambodia during mid-1970 by the United States (U.S. ) and the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) during the Vietnam War. These invasions were a result of policy of President Richard Nixon whose decision it was to invade. DJ has tear at bottom of spine. Text clean. Bookseller Inventory # 010706
Synopsis: When American and South Vietnamese forces, led by General Creighton Abrams, launched an attack into neutral Cambodia in 1970, the invasion ignited a firestorm of violent antiwar protests throughout the United States, dealing yet another blow to Nixon's troubled presidency. But, as John Shaw shows, the campaign also proved to be a major military success.
Most histories of the Vietnam War either give the Cambodian invasion short shrift or merely criticize it for its political fallout, thus neglecting one of the campaign's key dimensions. Approaching the subject from a distinctly military perspective, Shaw shows how this carefully planned and executed offensive provided essential support for Nixon's "decent interval" and "peace with honor" strategies-by eliminating North Vietnamese sanctuaries and supply bases located less than a hundred miles from Saigon and by pushing Communist troops off the Vietnamese border.
Despite the political cloud under which the operation was conducted, Shaw argues that it was not only the best of available choices but one of the most successful operations of the entire war, sustaining light casualties while protecting American troop withdrawal and buying time for Nixon's pacification and "Vietnamization" strategies. He also shows how the United States took full advantage of fortuitous events, such as the overthrow of Cambodia's Prince Sihanouk, the redeployment of North Vietnamese forces, and the late arrival of spring monsoons.
Although critics of the operation have protested that the North Vietnamese never did attack out of Cambodia, Shaw makes a persuasive case that the near-border threat was very real and imminent. In the end, he contends, the campaign effectively precluded any major North Vietnamese military operations for over a year.
Based on exhaustive research and a deep analysis of the invasion's objectives, planning, organization, and operations, Shaw's shrewd study encourages a newfound respect for one of America's genuine military successes during the war.
This book is part of the Modern War Studies series.
From the Back Cover: "Stunning in its research and highly sophisticated in its analysis, this is far and away the best study we have of the tactics and strategy used during the invasion of Cambodia."--Robert K. Brigham, author of Guerrilla Diplomacy: The NLF's Foreign Relations and the Vietnam War
"A valuable contribution toward understanding one of the most controversial operations of the Vietnam War."--James H. Willbanks, author of Abandoning Vietnam: How America Left and South Vietnam Lost Its War
"Revisionist scholarship at its best, Shaw's work highlights once again the cruel ironies of the American agony in Vietnam."--Timothy J. Lomperis, author of From People's War to People's Rule: Insurgency, Intervention, and the Lessons of Vietnam
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