Target Saigon, Volume 3
The Final Collapse, March-April 1975
Series : Asia@War
Author : Albert Grandolini
Not yet published - in Autumn 2020 list
General - Pages : 88 | Images : 150 photos, 5 maps, 18 colour profiles
Paperback - Size : 297mm x 210mm | ISBN : 9781912390199 | Helion Book Code : HEL0911
The third volume of the Target Saigon mini-series describes the final communist offensive against South Vietnam.
The decision of President Nguyen Van Thieu to evacuate the Central Highlands was part of a wider scheme that envisaged an extensive redeployment of South Vietnamese forces and led to the abandonment of nearly half of the country. Panic inevitably spread among the population and the armed forces and set into motion a chain reaction that would see the complete collapse of the country. The United States refused to intervene again despite the situation spiralling out of control. Thieu had played and lost.
This final volume of Target Saigon details the disastrous evacuation of Hue and Da Nang, as well as the delaying actions fought in the central coastal area. Around Saigon, the remaining cornered South Vietnamese divisions offered a heroic resistance but it was now too late. The North Vietnamese later recognised that they experienced some of the fiercest fighting of the entire war in the conquest of the capital of South Vietnam. Only the nomination of a “neutralist” President to replace Thieu, who had fled into exile in Taiwan, saved Saigon from the horror of street fighting by accepting the inescapable by proclaiming an unconditional surrender.