Hamfist Over Hanoi is a free Kindle download for the next three days. Here’s your chance to vicariously experience Operation Linebacker and Linebacker II, mentioned in the Rolling Thunder video. This would make a great (free) gift to any baby-boomers you know who have Kindles!As usual, Reviews on Amazon are greatly appreciated!
March 2nd marks the fiftieth anniversary of the start of Operation Rolling Thunder, the air offensive against North Vietnam, the most heavily defended area in the world. This video is an excellent summary of the operation, with compelling documentary footage.
Slow HAND SALUTE to the brave pilots of Rolling Thunder.
As you may know, the stories in the Hamfist series are fiction, inspired by actual events. If you want to read one of those actual events, it’s posted on the Cherrieswebsite. If you read Hamfist Over Hanoi, you’ll recognize the story. This one has real names and is totally true. Okay – it’s as totally true as a war story can get when it’s told 40 years later!
And if you want to know what the war was like for the Army troops slogging through the jungle while we Air Force types were in our air-conditioned hootches, you can’t get better than Cherries, a novel by John Podlaski, inspired by his own tour of duty in Vietnam.
The first two Hamfist books follow his tour of duty in Vietnam as a Forward Air Controller (FAC). Recently you may have heard retired generals mention that FACs are essential for an effective air campaign against ISIS.
There is an excellent series of films about the Vietnam War available on Youtube. The first in the series details the beginning of American involvement and the enormous troop buildups in the early years, and has extensive coverage of the battle at Ia Drang (chronicled in Lt. General Hal Moore’s excellent book, We Were Soldiers Once…And Young) and the Battle of Dak To. There are interviews with veterans, spouses and widows, as well as lots of actual films taken during combat. Although each film in the series is fairly long (about an hour and a half each), I highly recommend the series if you want to know more about the history of American involvement in Vietnam.
After a successful launch on December 1st, Frag Order is already in the Top 100 in its genre (Military>Vietnam War) and is now listed as a Hot New Release by Amazon. To all of you who have purchased Frag Order, thank you!