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A Hill Too Far

by Kelly Bell

In the early summer of 1966, U.S. Marines had been established for about a year at a fire support base outside the Vietnamese hamlet of Chu Lai. The leathernecks' main mission there was to keep a close watch on the twisting valleys and rugged hill country 20 miles to the west, where Communist forces staged, trained and planned for their depredations against the coastal communities the Americans were trying to secure and protect. Remaining dispersed until just before their attacks, the Communists presented few targets of opportunity for the American or Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) forces to mount a counterattack. The frustrated Marines at the Chu Lai garrison waited eagerly for their foes to make a mistake that would leave them vulnerable.

At the beginning of June, U.S. intelligence sources indicated the massive buildup of a mixed force of Viet Cong (VC) and North Vietnamese Army (NVA) regulars in the highlands, but the enemy were not yet sufficiently concentrated to warrant a mass attack. Infiltrating through dense foliage in platoon­-size and smaller units, the Communist troops had little trouble evading any large forces sent after them. In an attempt to flush out the enemy, Marine Lt. Gen. Lewis W. Walt began dispatching patrols of from 8–20 men. Should these smaller units make contact with any substantial force, they were to radio for heliborne reinforcements, and then guide them to the objective. In the more likely case of the reconnaissance elements locating only small groups of enemy soldiers, they were to call down artillery and air strikes. Walt dubbed the project Operation Kansas.

BEST OF SOF - THE MAD DOG OF SOG!!! The Baddest Badass in Vietnam?

BEST OF SOF - THE MAD DOG OF SOG!!! The Baddest Badass in Vietnam?
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From the archives of Sept 2008 SOF, ALL COPYRIGHTS SOF, this is presented for individual use only. No reprints or use of any material without permission.

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AUTO ORDNANCE’S THOMPSON CUSTOM M1911

The M1911 has seen many variations from many manufacturers. Auto-Ordnance, which has made semi-auto versions of the Thompson submachine gun, now has a custom M1911.

DOUBLETAP DEFENSE: DOUBLE TROUBLE

The old derringer gets a 21st Century makeover! Bob Pilgrim puts DoubleTap Defense's derringer to the test!

WEEKEND AT AIMPOINT

Lynn Kartchner spends a weekend firing some AR-15-type rifles, including the Windham, and trying out Aimpoint optics. Lucky son-of-a-gun! By Lynn Kartchner

RKB TO SIGN MEMOIRS AT NRA ANNUAL MEETINGS

Will Be at MKS Hi-Point Firearms Booth #7264 April 25-26

MORE FROM SPRINGFIELD’S XD PISTOL

Springfield XDM

From the April 2009 issue:
Gary Paul Johnston helps put Springfield's XDM pistol through its paces. Anyone familiar with the XD could simply pick up the new version and use it, as if they’d been carrying it all their life, but they might just be yelling, “WOW!”

SOG'S DEADLIEST TARGET

From the February 2008 issue of SOF:
When the Studies and Observation Group sent RT Lion to look into a highway junction known as "Oscar 8", they knew they were going after a deadly target.

They just had no idea how deadly it was.

HELL ON THE HO CHI MINH TRAIL

In this excerpt from RKB's memoirs, Robert K. Brown goes on an expedition to find a species of cow that was reportedly extinct.

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NOTICE FOR INTERNATIONAL BUYERS OF RKB'S MEMOIRS

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To place an order, go to http://www.casematepublishing.co.uk/title.php?isbn=9781612001937 to place an order.

RKB WARNS OF TERROR THREAT

SOF Founder Believes War on Terror Spreading

By Harold Hutchison

Barack Obama is ignoring a growing terror threat, Robert K. Brown says, and is not doing enough to handle it. The comments came in an interview with Newsmax TV.

PROLOGUE OF SOF FOUNDER ROBERT BROWN'S MEMOIRS!

Most of the artillery explosions and white-hot arcs of large-caliber tracer bullets were a few kilometers behind us on the Sarajevo skyline. We had been cramped in the truck bed for hours that seemed like days, stuck in the suburbs of the city. We were miserably bound
in flak jackets, in a sandbagged truck bed and were numb to the much closer AK-47 fire.

WHERE ARE THE LIMITS?

UAV Strikes Raise Serious Questions
By Harold Hutchison

PREDATORS AND REAPERS
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones have played a big role in the Global War on Terror. Since 11 September, 2001, they have become an almost indispensable tool in America’s counter-terrorism arsenal. But there have been major questions surrounding them. Where are the limits?

AFGHANISTAN: FIGHTING RIGHT: WHAT WENT RIGHT? WHAT WENT WRONG?

Fighting Right: What is working and what is not in Afghanistan
By Greger Stellan

Afghanistan is also far more complex than Iraq in terms of the kaleidoscope of ethno-linguistic groups, tribal dynamics, and difficult terrain. It’s a guerrilla war where the enemy is now using primarily terrorist tactics to fight us. This requires a long-term approach that could take decades to get to the point where we are not needed there.