Vietnam Airmobile Warfare Tactics, Gordon L. Rottman

Vietnam Airmobile Warfare Tactics, Gordon L. Rottman

Elite 154

This is a very interesting Osprey and is well written by a former veteran of the conflict and illustrated to the usual high Osprey standard. This shows in the writing style which is less dry than many Ospreys. It offers insight into the post war development of US army and air force helicopter forces. It discusses the use of various types of helicopters and the rapid introduction of new types.

It is a great book for myth busting of what was known as the “helicopter war” especially in regard to casualties and the vulnerability of rotary wing aircraft. Organisation and tactics are discussed but not in huge depth as this book covers a lot in its 64 pages. This book generally wets the appetite for more information and would go well with other Ospreys covering different aspects of the Vietnam War.

Chapters
The Helicopters
The Development of air mobility
Airmobile units in Vietnam
Aviation Missions
The Airmobile Assault
Gunship Tactics
Assessment of operations
Further Reading
Plate commentaries

Author: Gordon L. Rottman
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 64
Publisher: Osprey
Year: 2007


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