By Jean-Paul Pallud
Книга Osprey Elite №11. Ardennes - 1944 Peiper and Skorzeny Osprey Elite №11. Ardennes - 1944 Peiper and Skorzeny Книги Исторические Автор: J.-P.Pallud Формат: pdf Издат.:Osprey Страниц: sixty four Размер: 35 Mb ISBN: 0850457408 Язык: Английский0 (голосов: zero) Оценка:Сериявоенных книгElite от Osprey
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7 Poe mailed one bag to the US Embassy in Vientiane to demonstrate how many communists his men allegedly were killing; he recalled that a secretary there opened the bag, after it had been rotting in the steaming hot embassy compound all weekend, and immediately became sick. 8 Yet despite Poe舗s bravado and sometime recklessness, which his bosses worried would blow the agency舗s cover during secret operations, even his harshest critics admitted that he possessed enormous talent for fighting and for teaching men to fight.
The long French Indochina War had lasted from 1946 to 1954, as France tried desperately to hold on to its Indochinese colonies. During that war, and then during Laos舗s on-and-off civil war, Vang Pao had watched many of his friends, aides, and allies be killed by the Vietnamese and their allies. The fighting in the French Indochina War was fierce; many of the French soldiers came from the Foreign Legion, a force of professional soldiers drawn from all over the globe that was known for its willingness to take enormous casualties.
Yet back in Washington, the conflict had a far different impact. The CIA had managed a war fought on the cheap that held the communists in Laos to a virtual standstill for years. The agency had also allowed presidential administrations, both Democratic and Republican, to manage a clandestine war without having to go through Congress for approval. 舠The CIA in Laos became a kind of archetype,舡 noted Fred Branfman, a long-time aid worker in Laos who later played a role in exposing the secret war. 4 The Laos war became an archetype for agency paramilitary operations舒and a new way for the president to unilaterally declare war and then secretly order massive attacks, often using aerial weaponry.