“Connections are what capture me. the connexion between history and our single lives. the accidents. purposes and incidents that rip people apart and so convey them back together. ” writes David Maraniss.
Maraniss attractively linked the apparently two unrelated events of October 16 and 17. 1967. The events took topographic point far apart on opposite sides of the Earth: an ambuscade of a US battalion near North Saigon and an anti war protest in the Madison. It divided the state right across and ripped apart the people both physically and emotionally.
Despite the deployment of 500. 000 US military personnels. the war attempts were dragging into a deadlock. For one time the master of World War II was in danger of fring its face among the universe community. The causalities were increasing in the battleground and so were the anti-war protest back place which was acquiring rambunctious by the twenty-four hours.
Maraniss connected both the incidents and shows us how human existences frightened. disoriented and fatigued can sometimes take right determination and sometimes incorrect. Even when they take a right determination. the consequences can be fatal. The rubric ‘They Marched Into Sunlight’ tries to encapsulate the feeling on all the sides of the incidents and how complete assurance and arrant necessity blinds their vision of things.
The American ground forces boosted by its epic function in World War II believed that it Viet cong will non able to stand up to its superior military art. The Vietnamese on the other side were contending the conflict of their endurance and fring the conflict was non an option. The pupils at the Madison square believed in the American right to protest and were taken by surprise when the assault began.
Black Lions Battalion Ambush
Desperate to acquire consequences on field the Black Lions. a battalion of the Army’s 1st Army Division was ordered to make an unlikely undertaking of traveling in front with half its strength. One-half of the battalion was enduring from assorted disease and hurts but alternatively to reenforce they were asked to travel in front and cut the supply concatenation of the Viet-Cong.