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  • Vietnam War Documentaries: Where to start?

    Hi All

    Along with my growing list of books to read I was wondering if there were any particualry good documentaries worth purchasing on DVD? Bear in mind I am new to this field of study so will probably need to start right from the begining otherwise I will probably get lost in history somewhere

    Any advice greatly appreciated

    Mark
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    There are a few out there (I have them).

    Walter Cronkite did a series on Vietnam (and no guys, I am not in a hurry to join you in spitting on his views ).

    There is the series The Ten Thousand Day War.
    Also Vietnam a Television History
    Also Combat Vietnam
    Also Vietnam Combat (yes as you can imagine, some names are a bit annoying).
    Also Vietnam Experience known I think by American Experience Vietnam as well.

    With a predictable amount of redundancy and cross over material that is all sort of the same to a point.

    The people that market the product often slightly change the name thus muddying the process. A lot of my stuff was essentially produced during the actual years of the event or very soon after.
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    • #3
      Hi les Brains

      Thank you for your suggestions! I will have a look online and see if any are available here in the UK. I seem to remember a series called The Ten Thousand Day War but it was before the time I got interested in this period of history. I have some catching-up to do...

      Mark
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      • #4
        I suggest doing it the more difficult but accurate way and read books.

        Television has the tendency to only provide a superficial account while at the same time being more focused on entertainment than accuracy.

        Also, read a lot of the threads here. Search areas that interest you. You will find a lot. And have no fear, more people will be along here before too long for you to interact with. Including our beloved VN vets.


        Oh, and don't tell anyone, but the enemy is lurking here too. Unfortunately you may hear from him too
        Last edited by Miss Saigon; 06 May 10, 14:53.

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        • #5
          Hi Miss Saigon

          I am very much a bookworm - always have been - so no problem there

          As for DVD documentaries I was just thinking of them as a supplement to the books - something visual to go along with the typeface.

          But yes, I do agree with you - books are by far the best way!

          Mark
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          • #6
            The forum has its own subsection dedicated to Vietnam War Videos, some might be of interest to you (provided they are still viewable on YouTube):

            http://www.armchairgeneral.com/forum...play.php?f=339

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Boonierat View Post
              The forum has its own subsection dedicated to Vietnam War Videos, some might be of interest to you (provided they are still viewable on YouTube):

              http://www.armchairgeneral.com/forum...play.php?f=339
              Hi Boonierat

              Thanks again for your help, seeing some original footage is particulary interesting.

              I am begining to wonder how I managed before discovering this forum

              Mark
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              • #8
                A good documentary filmed by french filmmaker Pierre Schoendoerffer in 1966 "Anderson platoon" a 60minutes documentary on a platoon of the Ist Cav filmed from sept to october 1966.

                http://www.ihffilm.com/365.html

                kelt

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                • #9
                  On Understanding "Vietnam'

                  Hello,
                  I endorse Miss Saigon's comment to read books, there are hundreds if not thousands by now. Some good, many average, a lot mediocre.
                  Some suggestions:
                  Anything and everything by Bernard Fall
                  Understanding Vietnam by Neil Jamieson
                  Fourteen Landing Zones by Philip Jason
                  And A Hard Rain Fell....can't remember the guy
                  Also read Vietnam, Weider group magazine

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                  • #10
                    Cheers for the suggestions guys, much appreciated

                    Mark
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                    • #11
                      I concur with the suggestion of "The Anderson Platoon"

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