• Ripcord

  • Screaming Eagles Under Siege, Vietnam 1970
  • By: Keith W. Nolan
  • Narrated by: George Spelvin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)

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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was the Screaming Eagles's last chance to do significant damage to the NVA in the A Shau Valley before the division was withdrawn from Vietnam and returned to the United States.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.

©2000 Keith William Nolan (P)2021 Tantor

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Action packed

I am amazed at how the author describes the amazing courage of the soldiers who fought and died in Vietnam. A must listen

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A brutal account

Always interested about what went on in Vietnam. My father put in 9 years in that war. It would been helpful to provide maps to visually see the terrain our soldiers were in. But, the information and the accounts were graphic and emotional. A good account of what occurs in a battle.

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0UTSTANDING

I'M GLAD TO HAVE LISTENED TO THE BOOK. I liked it very much. But it seemed sad also; the lives lost. They were brave.

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Great book ok narrator

I love books by Keith Nolan. Ripcord is one of his best. The narrator did a great job until Part 7. For some reason he became very dramatic to the point it was hard to listen to. It's still worth the purchase though. Nolan's writing outweighs the performance of the narrator.

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History made boring

As dry as history book can get. Gives the reader lots of dates, names of units, and no personal stories.