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Knives in the Night

(The first book in the Night Fighters series)
A novel by

From 1965 to 1971 the United States Marines in Vietnam ran a small, little-known operation called the Combined Action Program. In many ways what CAP did was similar to what was done by the US Army Special Forces, the famous Green Berets, except the Marines concentrated most of their effort in the heavily populated coastal lowlands rather than the sparcely populated highlands. Most CAP units consisted of a Marine rifle squad and US Navy Medical Corpsman, and a Vietnamese Popular Forces platoon (roughly equivilant to the US National Guard, but with less prior training and poorer equipment), and were commanded by a Marine sergeant corporal. Combined Action Platoons were frequently semi-isolated and usually independent units. There has been very little written about them. The one in The Night Fighters is loosely based on the combat-outpost type of CAP I served in during the spring and summer of 1966. To my knowledge, Knives in the Night was the first fictional treatment of a CAP when it was originally published by Ivy Books in 1987.

Knives in the Night introduces the Marines of CAP Tango Niner and the Popular Forces of Bun Hou village, somewhere deep in "Indian Country." The Marines and Vietnamese soon find themselves pitted against Major Nghu, a sadistic North Vietnamese Army officer dedicated to wiping out the Marines and subjugating the South Vietnamese peasants, and his platoon of North Vietnamese Army regulars.

Genre: Thriller

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Paperback Editions

June 2013 : USA Paperback

Title: Knives in the Night (The Night Fighters)
Author(s): David Sherman
ISBN: 1-4904-0762-6 / 978-1-4904-0762-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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March 1987 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: KNIVES IN THE NIGHT (Night Fighters)
Author(s): David Sherman
ISBN: 0-8041-0001-2 / 978-0-8041-0001-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Kindle Editions

December 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Knives in the Night (The Night Fighters Book 1)
Author(s): David Sherman
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