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The Typhoon Truce, 1970 Three Days in Vietnam When Nature Intervened in the War by Robert Curtis
  

The Typhoon Truce, 1970 Three Days in Vietnam When Nature Intervened in the War

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The Typhoon Truce, 1970 Three Days in Vietnam When Nature Intervened in the War by Robert Curtis

It wasn't rockets or artillery that came through the skies one week during the war. It was the horrific force of nature that suddenly put both sides in awe. As an unofficial truce began, questions and emotions battled inside every air crewman's mind as they faced masses of Vietnamese civilians outside their protective base perimeters for the first time. Could we trust them not to shoot? Could they trust us not to drop them off in a detention camp? Truces never last, but life changes a bit for all the people involved while they are happening. Sometimes wars are suspended and fighting stops for a while. A holiday that both sides recognize might do it, as happened in the Christmas truce during World War I. Weather might do it, too, as it did in Vietnam in October 1970. The typhoon truce was just as real, and the war stopped for three days in northern I Corps--that area bordering the demilitarized zone separating South Vietnam from the North. The unofficial typhoon truce came because first, Super Typhoon Joan arrived, devastating all the coastal lowlands in I Corps and further up into North Vietnam. Then, less than a week later came Super Typhoon Kate. Kate hit the same area with renewed fury, leaving the entire countryside under water and the people there faced with both war and natural disaster at the same time. No one but the Americans, the foreign warriors fighting throughout the country, had the resources to help the people who lived in the lowlands, and so they did. For the men who took their helicopters out into the unending rain it really made little difference. Perhaps no one would shoot at them for a while, but the everyday dangers they faced remained, magnified by the low clouds and poor visibility. The crews got just as tired, maybe more so, than on normal missions. None of that really mattered. The aircrews of the 101st Airborne went out to help anyway, because rescuing people was now their mission. In this book we see how for a brief period during an otherwise vicious war, saving life took precedence over bloody conflict.

Reviews

An extraordinary tale of courage, bravery and sheer humanity... -- Paul Norman Books Monthly 17/02/2016 found this one of those books that I couldn't put down until I had finished it. An interesting look at one unusual part of the story of the US involvement in Vietnam. -- Robin Buckland Military Model Scene 02/12/2015


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Publication date

19th October 2015

Author

Robert Curtis

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Publisher

Casemate Books

Format

Hardback
320 pages

Categories


War & defence operations
Asian history

ISBN

9781612003290

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