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Deep in the jungles of Vietnam, Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armoured Cavalry, the famed Blackhorse Regiment began hearing radio calls from an infantry unit four kilometres away. Overhearing the calls for help, it became apparent to Alpha Troop's commander, Captain John Poindexter, that his outfit was the only hope for the trapped company.
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Blackhorse Riders: A Desperate Last Stand, an Extraordinary Rescue Mission, and the Vietnam Battle America Forgot by Philip A. Keith

Deep in the jungles of Vietnam, Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armoured Cavalry, the famed Blackhorse Regiment, was a specialized cavalry outfit equipped with tanks and armoured assault vehicles. On the morning of March 26th, 1970, they began hearing radio calls from an infantry unit four kilometres away that had stumbled into a hidden North Vietnamese Army stronghold. Outnumbered six to one, the 100-man American company was quickly surrounded, pinned down and fighting for its existence. Helicopters could not penetrate the dense jungle, artillery and air support could not be targeted effectively. The company was fated to be worn down and eventually all killed or captured. Overhearing the calls for help on his radio, it became apparent to Alpha Troop's 25-year old commander, Captain John Poindexter, that his outfit was the only hope for the trapped company. It just might be possible that they could "bust" enough jungle by nightfall to reach them. Not making the attempt was deemed unacceptable so he ordered his men to "saddle up." With the courage and determination that makes legends out of ordinary men, they affected a daring rescue and fought a pitched battle - at considerable cost. Many brave deeds were done that day and Captain Poindexter tried to make sure his men were recognized for their actions. Thirty years later Poindexter was made aware that his award recommendations and even the records of the battle had somehow gone missing. Thus began the second phase of this remarkable story: a "battle" to ensure his brave men's accomplishments would never be forgotten again.

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"A riveting account of one of the most extraordinary and courageous rescues in U.S. military history. "Blackhorse Riders" is written with enough detail to satisfy even the most particular of military historians, yet Keith's compelling storytelling breathes life into the personalities involved, so that minute by minute, following both rescuers and rescued, you keep turning pages to find out who lives and who dies."

--Karl Marlantes, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Matterhorn" and "What It Is Like to Go to War"

"One of the finest and best-told combat stories to come out of Vietnam. "Blackhorse Riders" is a portrait of men at war; reluctant soldiers in an unpopular conflict whose actions on a single day rose to the level of extraordinary heroism, courage, and sacrifice. For those of us who were there, this is the kind of book we would be proud to pass on to our children."

--Nelson DeMille

"This gripping, vividly detailed narrative finally tells a story that was overlooked for far too long, a story of nail-biting action and "Band of Brothers"--like courage. "Blackhorse Riders" is a bold tale, well told, of heroism, rescue, and, finally, recognition."

--Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, "New York Times" bestselling authors of "Halsey's Typhoon "and "The Last Stand of Fox Company"

"This riveting true story of young American soldiers fighting in Vietnam paints a gut-wrenching picture of combat rarely described in print."

--John C. "Doc" Bahnsen, Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret.), former Squadron Commander of 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry, the "Blackhorse Regiment"


A riveting account of one of the most extraordinary and courageous rescues in U.S. military history. Blackhorse Riders is written with enough detail to satisfy even the most particular of military historians, yet Keith's compelling storytelling breathes life into the personalities involved, so that minute by minute, following both rescuers and rescued, you keep turning pages to find out who lives and who dies. Karl Marlantes, New York Times bestselling author of Matterhorn and What It Is Like to Go to War

One of the finest and best-told combat stories to come out of Vietnam. Blackhorse Riders is a portrait of men at war; reluctant soldiers in an unpopular conflict whose actions on a single day rose to the level of extraordinary heroism, courage, and sacrifice. For those of us who were there, this is the kind of book we would be proud to pass on to our children. Nelson DeMille

This gripping, vividly detailed narrative finally tells a story that was overlooked for far too long, a story of nail-biting action and Band of Brothers--like courage. Blackhorse Riders is a bold tale, well told, of heroism, rescue, and, finally, recognition. Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, New York Times bestselling authors of Halsey s Typhoon and The Last Stand of Fox Company

This riveting true story of young American soldiers fighting in Vietnam paints a gut-wrenching picture of combat rarely described in print. John C. Doc Bahnsen, Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret.), former Squadron Commander of 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry, the Blackhorse Regiment "


"A riveting account of one of the most extraordinary and courageous rescues in U.S. military history. Blackhorse Riders is written with enough detail to satisfy even the most particular of military historians, yet Keith's compelling storytelling breathes life into the personalities involved, so that minute by minute, following both rescuers and rescued, you keep turning pages to find out who lives and who dies." --Karl Marlantes, New York Times bestselling author of Matterhorn and What It Is Like to Go to War

"One of the finest and best-told combat stories to come out of Vietnam. Blackhorse Riders is a portrait of men at war; reluctant soldiers in an unpopular conflict whose actions on a single day rose to the level of extraordinary heroism, courage, and sacrifice. For those of us who were there, this is the kind of book we would be proud to pass on to our children." --Nelson DeMille

"This gripping, vividly detailed narrative finally tells a story that was overlooked for far too long, a story of nail-biting action and Band of Brothers--like courage. Blackhorse Riders is a bold tale, well told, of heroism, rescue, and, finally, recognition." --Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, New York Times bestselling authors of Halsey's Typhoon and The Last Stand of Fox Company

"This riveting true story of young American soldiers fighting in Vietnam paints a gut-wrenching picture of combat rarely described in print." --John C. "Doc" Bahnsen, Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret.), former Squadron Commander of 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry, the "Blackhorse Regiment"

About Philip A. Keith


PHILIP KEITH became a naval aviator after graduating from Harvard. During three tours in Vietnam he was awarded, among other decorations, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Air Medal for Gallantry, the Purple Heart, and the Navy Commendation Medal. Keith is also a columnist for the Southampton Press and a feature writer for magazines. He lives in Southampton, Long Island.

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GOR007084444
Blackhorse Riders: A Desperate Last Stand, an Extraordinary Rescue Mission, and the Vietnam Battle America Forgot by Philip A. Keith
Philip A. Keith
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Griffin Publishing
2012-03-12
352
0312681925
9780312681920
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