There Was a Time (Paperback)
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There Was a Time (Paperback)

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Paperback 312 Pages
Published: 28/07/2021
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It is the summer of 1945, the last and very dangerous days of World War II. The Office of Strategic Services is in close, cooperative contact with Ho Chi Minh and the fighting cadre of the Viet Minh, working against the Japanese. In the closing months of the war, the OSS parachute a team of special operations soldiers into Tonkin, northern Viet Nam.

Led by Major John Guthrie and his second-in-command, Captain Edouard Parnell, both experienced officers from their earlier assignments in occupied France and Belgium, the team are tasked with working with Ho Chi Minh against the Japanese in the midst of various groups vying for control of Indochina. Guthrie and his team have to adapt to the entirely different context of Vietnamese politics in order to encourage communist operations against the Japanese. Guthrie in particular, struggles with both his personal and professional conflicts. The relationship that Guthrie and the rest of the OSS team develops with the Viet Minh leadership is of distinct annoyance to French ambitions to regain control of their colony, Indochina.

Based on the little-known true story of American and Viet Minh collaboration in 1945, this novel challenges the later-accepted dogma of both those supporting and those opposing the American role in the Viet Nam conflict. This novel notes how what is seen at a later time is often inadequate to understand what actually went on. Its contemporary relevance is simply a mirror of what is always the case in international affairs: today's enemies can and may be tomorrow's friends - and most importantly, the reverse is true also.

Publisher: Casemate Publishers
ISBN: 9781636240442
Number of pages: 312
Dimensions: 228 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

George Wittman drops us into the middle of this chaotic time and place with a book that is nothing short of a riveting read. - The VVA Veteran

The at-times humorous dialogue and the descriptions of the settings transport us to the era. One can easily imagine a movie based on the novel’s scenes, with similar edge-of-the-seat excitement. The novel aptly illustrates the ever-changing political relationships between nations and competing factions within them. - Historical Novel Society

Casemate has a long history of publishing high quality military history non-fiction. Lately, they have expanded their range of work to include well written novels using wartime settings. - WWII History Magazine

A deftly written and inherently fascinating read from cover to cover. - Midwest Book Review

The atmosphere rings true as soldiers battle their own side's inertia as much as the Japanese … The book receives points for tackling a little-covered WWII front. Enjoyed it. - Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

Wittman took a literally novel approach to recounting this history by creating fictionalized characters reliving it. In this manner, the reader comprehends what happened through the eyes of the characters so as to better understand the complexities of the multi-national interests in Vietnam – the future of which was up for grabs in the summer of 1945. - Lt. Col. James Zumwalt 22/10/2021

Fervid, riveting … intrinsically intriguing. - ARGunners.com 29/11/2021

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