The Raid

Title:                      The Raid

Author:                 Benjamin F Schemmer

Schemmer, Benjamin F. (1976). The Raid. New York: Harper and Row

OCLC:    2330976

DS 557.8 S6 S323r 1976


Date Posted:      February 23, 2016

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[1]

The chronicle of the November 1970 raid on a camp at Santay, North Vietnam, by American commandos in an attempt to liberate U.S. prisoners of war, The author, editor of the Armed Forces Journal, wrote this authoritative book from an after-action report obtained through the Freed of of Information Act and from material obtained from planners and participants of the operation. The role of intelligence in the planning and conduct of the operation is described in detail. For exam pie, from aerial photographs and from an agent inside Hanoi it was known that the prisoners had been moved due to flooding possibly caused by the CIA’s secret rainmaking operations, yet the operations were not cancelled. The book contains some important insights into [sic] interworkings of Washington-based intelligence agencies and the Pentagon and national political decision makers during the Vietnam War.

[1] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p. 67

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