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Whispers in the Tall Grass

Whispers in the Tall Grass

by Nick Brokhausen


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The previously unpublished second volume of Nick Brokhausen's vivid and riveting memoir of his experiences in MACV-SOG in Vietnam.

“This battle-scarred memoir is an excellent tribute to the generation that fought, laughed, and died in Southeast Asia.” -New York Journal of Books

Whispers in the Tall Grass
is the second volume of Nick Brokhausen’s riveting memoir of his time serving in Recon Teams Habu and Crusader, CNN, part of MACV-SOG. These small recon teams, comprising Americans and indigenous Montagnards, conducted some of the most dangerous missions of the war, infiltrating areas controlled by the North Vietnamese in Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

Picking up where We Few left off, Whispers in the Tall Grass opens as the war moves into a new phase. The enemy are using special formations to hunt recon teams and missions are now rarely accomplished without heavy contact. Despite the teams’ careful prep, losses are mounting. More and more missions are extracted by Bright Lights until eventually classic recon missions are almost impossible, and the teams briefly trial HALO insertion. Finally, as the US prepares to withdraw, the teams undertake back-to-back missions directing air strikes and disrupting supply lines to ease the pressure on the ARVN. Broken by the pace, but desperate not to leave the Yards, Brokhausen is ordered to out-process, his request for extension denied, and is forced to leave his friends—his brothers—behind.

Written in the same vivid, immediate style that made We Few a cult classic, Whispers in the Tall Grass follows Habu, Crusader and other teams as they undertake missions in this new, deadlier phase of the war. The narrative veers from hair-raising to tragic and back as the teams insert into hot targets, act as Bright Light for stricken teams, and play hard in between missions to diffuse the ever-rising tension.

Brokhausen’s account brings home the reality and the detail of operating for days within mere meters of the enemy, and movingly convey the bonds that war creates between soldiers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612007755
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
Publication date: 10/25/2019
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 190,357
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Special Forces veteran Nick Brokhausen joined the SOG on his second tour in Vietnam, and took part in some of the most dangerous missions of the war, deep in enemy territory. After Vietnam, Nick Brokhausen has led an interesting life, which has included work in security projects in a number of countries. He now runs a tech company and an armoring company.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

The Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for Extraordinary Heroism to the Studies and Observations Group, United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam ix

Author's Note xi

Prologue xiii

1 The Frying Pan 1

2 Justice Must be Blonde 9

3 Someone is Listening 17

4 Don't Flush, I'm Coming Out 27

5 'Twas the Night Before Christmas 37

6 Ghosts 45

7 Windows into the Past 55

8 Drums along the Mohawk 63

9 Death to Cheetah 71

10 Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws 81

11 No Rest for the Wicked 87

12 Water of Life 101

13 Oh Brother Rat 105

14 Door Number Three 115

15 Bum Job 131

16 Heaven Has Claws 139

17 In the Dark of the Night 151

18 The Peter Principle 161

L9 St. Elmo's Day 167

20 Baptism 171

21 Sidelines 181

22 Fare Thee Well, My Brothers 191

Appendix 197

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