MOBILE GUERRILLA FORCE: WITH SPECIAL FORCES IN WAR ZONE D, VIETNAM. No other book has matched this work for intensity, insight, drama, & for capturing the essence of special operations and the men who volunteer for them.
"One of the most intense and emotional works in print on Special Ops. This book is impossible to put down. Not only can you visualize the action and landscape, you can smell them as well."___Frank R. Cambria
Award-winning author James C. Donahue was a member of the Mobile Guerrilla Force, an experimental US Army Special Forces unit led by the legendary Jim "Bo" Gritz & conceived to emulate the tactics of the VC guerrillas. This authentic first-hand account of the top secret recovery of downed U-2 spy plane & of Operation Blackjack-31 chronicles the foray of 13 hand-picked Green Berets & a company of Cambodian guerrillas into War Zone D in 1967 for an undetermined period, without artillery support or possibility of reinforcement. Detachment A-303 turned a suicide mission into a dramatic success.
There have been many accounts of Special Forces operations in Vietnam, but none can match this book for intensity, insight, and drama, and for capturing the essence of special operations and the men who volunteer for them. The award-winning author was a member of the Mobile Guerrilla Force, an experimental Special Forces unit conceived to emulate the tactics of Viet Cong guerrillas.
This authentic firsthand account of Operation Blackjack-31 chronicles the Force's first foray into War Zone D--the VC's secret zone about which allied intelligence knew little or nothing--in January 1967 when 13 hand-picked Green Berets and a company of free Cambodian guerrillas slipped into the VC secret zone. Their orders were to conduct guerrilla operations for an undetermined period, without artillery support or possibility of reinforcement. Detachment A-303 turned the suicide mission into a dramatic success.
With surgical precision and a storyteller's grasp of dialogue, timing, and dramatic pacing, the author puts the reader on the ground with the Force for 31 days without respite. A surprisingly fresh description of close-in combat, Donahue's account stands as a powerful testament to the few who mattered little in the big picture but who were all that mattered to each other. Blackjack-31 was a historic departure from the conventional military thinking that dominated the war in Vietnam and clearly demonstrated that American-led indigenous forces could conduct guerrilla operations against the enemy.
James Donahue served as a Green Beret with the 5th, 6th, and 7th Special Forces Groups. He is now assistant director of the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service in Buffalo, New York. His first book, No Greater Love, was awarded the Freedom Foundations' George Washington Honor Medal.