At Ripcord, the enemy counterattacked with ferocity, using mortar and antiaircraft fire to inflict heavy causalities on the units operating there. The battle lasted four and a half months and exemplified the ultimate frustration of the Vietnam War: the inability of the American military to bring to bear its enormous resources to win on the battlefield. In the end, the 101st evacuated Ripcord, leaving the NVA in control of the battlefield. Contrary to the mantra Ã¢ÂÂWe won every battle but lost the war,Ã¢ÂÂ the United States was defeated at Ripcord. Now, at last, the full story of this terrible battle can be told.
About: The violent birth, life, and death of an American fire base in Vietnam is chronicled in vivid, lively detail in a historical account of the last major American land offensive of the Vietnam War.
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