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.
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).
Table Of Contents:
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
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