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The Battle at Ngok Tavak - A bloody defeat in South Vietnam, 1968

By: Bruce Davies (547/35899)
Publisher: Allen and Unwin ISBN: 9781741750645

In 1968, in the western jungle of Vietnam near Laos, a Special Forces Company under the command of an Australian Army Captain, supported by a Marine artillery detachment, occupied an old French fort on a hill known as Ngok Tavak.

The circumstances of the battle that ensued-and the subsequent retreat-left in their wake issues that cried out for resolution for decades afterwards. A number of American bodies were left where they had fallen during the battle, and another American, the nephew of Katherine Hepburn, went missing.

After speaking extensively to the battle survivors and loved ones of the American warriors, and searching through accounts from official reports that included Vietnamese documents, eyewitness statements and war diaries. Bruce Davies has pieced together the evidence that will bring resolution to the questions that still haunt many of those connected to the battle.

August 2008

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