James J. Walters wrote:
Anyone catch National Geographic's "Inside the Vietnam War"
on the NG Channel? I've seen quite a few documentaries on the Vietnam War, but this one, IMHO, is the best I've ever seen. It's extremely well done. Afterwards, I was an emotional wreck and had trouble sleeping. A powerful documentary to say the least!
The same team did "Inside 9/11"
, which had such a profound effect on me, I almost couldn't get out of my chair afterwards!
If you get a chance, I highly recommend viewing both of these.
Thanks for the information James. I will have to check it out. My oldest brother was a Marine in Vietnam from '67 through '68. He was in the Battle of Hue during the Tet Offensive. Several years ago The Learning Channel (TLC) put together a multi-part series on the Vietnam War. I watched all of the separate parts but taped the part dealing with the Tet Offensive in the hopes of catching a glimpse of my brother. Sure enough, there he was in three separate shots in combat at the Citadel. I get goose bumps just thinking about it.
The Battle of Hue largely involved hand-to-hand combat while the Marines attempted to take the Citadel (which they did), which included house-to-house fighting. It was considered the bloodiest battle the Marines had been in since WWII. His photo is also in a book I have on the Vietnam War. When I was 15, I was at our local mall with my Mom and went to B. Dalton, and I immediately went to the U.S. History section and looked through every book on the Vietnam War, and there his photo was. The photo was also taken while he was at Hue. To this day, whenever I'm at a bookstrore I still scan all of the books on Vietnam looking for his photo.
Although I have never really heard my brother talk about his Vietnam War experiences, he did ask for the tape, which I graciously gave to him. I watched the tape with him and he recognized many faces. It is because of him that I have such a keen interest in the Vietnam War.