Shadows on the Wall

Stan Krasnoff
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The adrenalin-pumping, heart-yammering true story of Project Rapid Fire.

'This is no longer a volunteer unit,' Gritz had said. 'You'll be issued a lightweight body bag. A number will be stencilled on the bag to correspond with your number on the roster. I want zippers on the inside and outside. You'll use the body bag to stay dry when you sleep at night. If you're shot you'll crawl into the bag and do your best to zip it up to make recovery of your corpse easier. There are only four ways you can get out. First, you die and we ship your remains out in the bag provided. Second, you're wounded and medivacked. Third, you DEROS (return home after tour of duty), or fourth, you provide me with a suitable replacement.

Welcome to Project Rapid Fire and a life of sleep deprivation, bad rations and the forging of a brotherhood. For the Special Forces gathered together to conduct a daring series of covert, intelligence-gathering operations for the United States government, every day posed the threat of being killed-or worse, being taken prisoner. Under the command of Major Bo Gritz a select group of men lived life on the razor's edge-and in the middle of a war still managed to have more than a few laughs.

This is the gripping true story of life and death in the jungle, and an enemy up close and personal.

Author bio:

Stan Krasnoff was posted to the Australian Army Training Team, Vietnam (AATTV) in December 1967 and was immediately attached to Project Rapid Fire. He retired from the army after 22 years of service, and has written four books including Freefall (1992) and Bob Ansett: The meaning of success (1999).

Category: Military
ISBN: 9781865088877
Table Of Contents: Foreword



Map of South Vietnam


1 Flickering shadows

2 Eyes and ears

3 Blundering towards Rapid Fire

4 The Apaches of Black Virgin Mountain

5 Modus operandi and the Candy Bar Kid

6 Eagle flights and picnic outings

7 Uri and the Mannlicher Schoenauer

8 Just another day at the office

9 Sutras and a prelude of things to come

10 Predawn reminiscences

11 First contact

12 Marauder in deep shit

13 Smokey's dilemma

14 Who's eating who?

15 Saint to the rescue

16 A bomb-hole and Wolf's marigold

17 Saint and the jolly green frog

18 Deo and the legion of smiling faces

19 Rolling-stone alley and the Jack-in-the-box

20 Dust off for Wolf

21 Surviving a dance with the bear

22 Janis and John make way for Gritz's song

23 Battle of the Cao Lac Bo

24 A different army in a differen
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: September 2002
Page Extent: 224
Format: Paperback
Subject: Warfare & defence