The Village Bing West

The Village by Bing West is a book about the Vietnam War and the United States Marine who fought in it. The book tells the story of the Marines who fought in the Battle of Huế, one of the most important and bloody battles of the war. The book is a fascinating account of the battle, told from the perspective of those who were there. It is also a moving tribute to the men who fought and died in that conflict.

The Village is a book about the experience of a small squad of Marines in Vietnam during the 1960s. With precise and attentive detail, it depicts over 17 months of challenges the Combined Arms Platoon (CAP’s) of Marines had with the PF’s (Popular Forces) and civilians. On June 10, 1966, twelve Marines volunteered to live among six-thousand Vietnamese in Binh Nghia, expecting it would be a rest from the war; instead, it was not what they hoped for.

The book centers around the actions and experiences of Second Lieutenant Edward “Yoder” Strobridge an Ivy League-educated Marine.

The Marines in The Village are constantly harassed by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army units. They try to help the villagers as much as possible, providing them with food and medical aid, but the villagers are caught in the middle. The book covers a lot of the moral debate that went on during the Vietnam War. Should the United States be involved in this war? Is it worth it? What are we fighting for? These are all questions that are raised and discussed in The Village.

Bing West does an excellent job of giving the reader a look into what life was like for these Marines. He gives a first-hand account of the daily struggles and hardships they faced. The book is full of action and suspense, making it hard to put down. If you are looking for a book that will give you a better understanding of the Vietnam War, or just want a good story, then I would highly recommend The Village.

For the first week or so, things were pretty quiet; the Marines worked with the PF’S and locals to fortify the village. On fortifying, as West said, the Marines simply used their “ordinary sense.”

The book details how the Viet Cong would use women and children as human shields when attacking, which posed a problem for Marines who had strict orders not to fire if innocents were in front of them. With already low morale due to bad press, this only made things worse for troops.

But then one night, all hell broke loose. The Viet Cong attacked with everything they had, and it was a bloodbath. The Marines fought back bravely, but they were outnumbered and outgunned. West does a great job of describing the battle in all its gory detail, and you really get a sense of how brutal and vicious the fighting was.

In the end, the Marines managed to hold the village and drive off the Viet Cong, but at a heavy cost. Many men were killed or wounded, and the village was left in ruins.

Despite the grim nature of the book, it’s an excellent read and provides a great insight into the Vietnam War from the perspective of a Marine who was there. If you’re interested in learning more about this period of history, I highly recommend The Village by Bing West.

At the tactical, cultural, and social levels, they experience combat in their environment. How the Marines trained PFs and local police; and vice versa. It recounts a lot of the challenges that West’s squad faced in order to maintain stability in Binh Nghia and safeguard the town. However, he does not appear too much in the narrative as a member of West’s squad.

This book is a great example of the sacrifices and struggles our troops had to endure during the Vietnam War. It’s also an insight to how difficult it was to work with and train the local people to police and protect their own village. The book goes into good detail of what the different levels of command did in order to achieve their common goal. If you want to know more about the Vietnam War at the ground level, I would highly recommend reading The Village by Bing West.”

He does an excellent job describing in great detail the Marines’ joint patrols with the PFs, how each learned from one another, and what happened during these patrols. The level of detail he uses creates a strong emotional connection between the reader and the characters, making it even more tragic when they die in the book.

One of the things I liked best about this book is that it wasn’t just about the fighting. Bing West does an excellent job of describing the day to day life of a Marine in the village. He talks about the relationships between the Marines and the villagers and how they worked together to make the village a safer place.

The book is very well written and gives good insights into what life was like for a Marine during the Vietnam War. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about this period in American history.

The Marines discovered that the PF’s were inadequate shooters, but good at spotting VC activity at night. By October 1967, after providing training to the PF’s, there hadn’t been any firefights or sign of VC for 2 1/2 months. The village was now safe due to the increased skills of thePF’s .

The book is a story of how the Marines, Navy Corpsmen, and PF’s worked together to defend the village against VC attacks.

The book starts off with the Marines arriving in the village and setting up base. They soon realize that the VC are using the nearby jungle to their advantage and start planning ways to stop them. One of the ways they do this is by building tunnels underground to surprise the VC. Another way is by establishing watchtowers around the perimeter of the village.

The villagers are initially scared of the Marines, but eventually come to trust them. The Marines help them build new houses and provide them with food and supplies. In return, the villagers help the Marines lookout for VC activity.

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