On April 10, 1970, Hill 927 was occupied by troopers of the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division. By July, the activities of the artillery and infantry of Ripcord had caught the attention of the NVA (North Vietnamese Army) and a long and deadly siege ensued. Ripcord was the Screaming Eagles’ last chance to do significant damage to the NVA in the A Shau Valley before the division was withdrawn from Vietnam and returned to the United States. At Ripcord, the enemy counterattacked with ferocity, using mortar and antiaircraft fire to inflict heavy causalities on the units operating there. The battle lasted four and a half months and exemplified the ultimate frustration of the Vietnam War: the inability of the American military to bring to bear its enormous resources to win on the battlefield. In the end, the 101st evacuated Ripcord, leaving the NVA in control of the battlefield. Contrary to the mantra “We won every battle but lost the war,” the United States was defeated at Ripcord. Now, at last, the full story of this terrible battle can be told. From the Paperback edition.
"A lyrical and understanding chronicler of people who somehow become displaced within their own lives…Mr. Lindsay-Abaire has shown a special affinity for female characters suddenly forced to re-evaluate the roles by which they define themselves."—New York Times Set in the Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility, this glorious and biting new comedy from David Lindsay-Abaire centers around Abby, who takes pride in her residence in one of the most coveted rooms in the rest home. Things turn sour quickly when she must take in Marilyn, a new roommate to share her precious space. In a satirical conflict of territory and control, Lindsay-Abaire spins a benign, typically mundane setting into an a...
The objective of this study was to determine how much pull force a free-falling man could exert on the ripcord handle of a back-pack parachute. There were 41 free-fall parachute jump tests conducted using 11 USN and 11 USAF test parachutists in order to ascertain the maximum forces which can be exerted on manual ripcords. Subjects exited an aircraft at 10,000 ft (MSL) 110 knots (IAS), went into free-fall attitude and then, in accordance with approved Navy or Air Force procedure, exerted maximum force against a dummy ripcord handle (containing a strain gage), which was anchored to the parachute harness. Other physiological and force parameters were acquired through 9-channel FM/FM bio-telemeters. Under the conditions of this study, 22 military parachutists generated average ripcord pull forces of 115 pounds during 41 actual aircraft baill-outs with observed values ranging from 40 to 210 pounds. Larger subjects generated significantl greater ripcord forces than lighter subjcts. For the USAF assemblies, the actual force required to withdraw the pins from the cones averaged 42 pounds.
HELL ON A HILL TOP-for four months in 1970, Hell raged on the hill tops of Ripcord, 805, 902 and 1000, all just east of the A Shau Valley. HELL ON A HILL TOP Instead of backing away from the fight, the North Vietnamese mortar, recoilless rifle, heavy machine gun, sapper and regular infantry attacks increased. The last offensive around Ripcord was starting to look like the last stand. Unwilling to keep American soldiers at high risk at this stage of the war; Ripcord was evacuated on 23 July. The battle went unnoticed for 30 years until Keith Nolan's book, RIPCORD, was published. As powerful and gripping as was the story of great leadership and courageous fighting by our soldiers, the magnitude of the enemy force still remained unknown. The author, the 3rd Brigade commander during the siege and evacuation, made trips to Vietnam in 2001 and 2004 and interviewed the 324B Division Commander whose first-ever division sole mission, was to destroy Firebase Ripcord. The full story is now told.
Hot tears were streaming down Symantha's face, making it difficult to focus her gaze on the fading lights across the river spread out in front of her. A scene she and her beloved had grown to love over these last six months. "I promise you, my darling, when we are married, every Friday night, we will come to this very place, take in the magnificent view, and then go on to that hotel there, see?" He had said, pointing across to the dancing lights that shone over the river. Her attention was attracted once more by the glinting of her ring. An anguished cry escaped from her lips, the pain in her chest too much to bear, and through the curtain of tears that were beginning to form once more, she saw a shadow of what looked like her beloved standing in front of her. "Oh, Toney, you came back! I knew you would," she laughed gaily, rubbing the moisture away from her eyes. "Now the three of us can be together." She put out her hands to welcome him; a bright smile lighting up her face as she curled herself into his body and jumped off the cliffs into the churning river below.
This comprehensive atlas and textbook on strabismus surgery and its complications provides complete step-by-step instruction for the surgical management of the strabismus patient. In Part 1, detailed descriptions, photographs, and diagrams illustrate each major surgical procedure and variations. Part 2 presents an extensive review of surgical complications including their prevention, recognition, and treatment. The text is lavishly illustrated with artwork and photographic examples, and well-supported by sample references.
Nothing ensures the rapid development of new technology like the involvement of the military. From the trebuchet and the cannon to the tank and the ballistic missile, military research programmes have produced the most devastating weapons imaginable, but military masterminds are responsible for a number of surprises along the way as well. Radar, walkie-talkies and the jet engine are more obvious examples of military inventions that are now in everyday use around the world, but there are plenty of items with which all of us come into contact on a daily basis that have been developed from military technology. Rod Green describes how the microwave oven in your kitchen, the sat-nav in your car or the Internet that you use every day all owe their existence to the military as he takes us on a highly entertaining voyage of discovery through the world of military inventions ancient and modern.