Break in the Chain - Intelligence Ignored: Military Intelligence in Vietnam and Why the Easter Offensive Should Have Turned Out Differently

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About the Author

W.R. (Bob) Baker graduated first in the first Intelligence (Order of Battle) Analyst class to graduate from Fort Huachuca, Arizona in 1971. He was then the only intelligence analyst assigned to the 571st Military Intelligence Detachment/525th Military Intelligence Group in Da Nang, Vietnam, present at the time of the Easter Offensive of 1972. His further assignments after Vietnam included various positions for a combined total of 8 years with the European Defense Analysis Center/HQ, USEUCOM. He has received the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service, Joint Service and Army Commendation Medals. Bob has authored several articles on the Easter Offensive of 1972, intelligence, and Vietnam.


"I'm honored to endorse Bob Baker's book, Break in the Chain: Intelligence Ignored, a grass-roots look at the intelligence prepared and presented to command elements warning of an impending attack - what we now know as the 'Easter Offensive of 1972'. I'm excited that his historical work is being published to help counter the misperception by many of an 'intelligence failure', an oft maligned term typically used to cover the failure of leadership itself."--G Duane Whitman, MSG USA (Ret), DoD Civilian (Ret)
"The riveting account of those few U.S. Military Advisors in the Northern region of South Vietnam near the DMZ as Armored Regiments and Infantry Divisions of North Vietnamese readied themselves to cross the Cua Viet River into South Vietnam in the spring of 1972 and continue the Easter Offensive."--CDR. E.L. Hansen, Jr., USN (Ret.), Executive Officer, USS Buchanan (DDG-14) (1971-1972)
"Bob Baker has written a powerful, fact-based and highly readable account of US Army intelligence operations during the latter years of America's involvement in the Vietnam War."--Colonel, USMC (Ret.) Andrew R. Finlayson, author of 'Killer Kane' and 'Rice Paddy Recon'
"Written with the authority of an intelligence professional whose experience of the Offensive is augmented with years of intensive research, Break in the Chain delivers a stinging condemnation of the historical tendency of senior military officers to privilege intelligence supporting their preferred interpretation of the battlefield reality."--David Hanna, Veteran, British Army in Northern Ireland
"Bob Baker has done prodigious and commendable research on the intelligence failure that occurred during the North Vietnamese invasion of South Vietnam in Easter of 1972."--W.E. Boomer, General, U.S. Marine Corps (ret)
" The book contains stories of treachery and bravery, stories that all too often are missing from the telling of this "lost war". If you think you know about the Vietnam War, this book will surprise you."--Roger Soiset, M.A., 199th Lt. Inf. Bde. 1969-70
"One hopes that the lessons in this book will help military and government leaders pay closer attention to intelligence and make the correct decisions in the future."-- "The VVA Veteran"
"...Baker's volume offers some valuable insights into the diminished role of intelligence in the closing stages of a long war."-- "International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence"
"Bob Baker provides an accurate and emotional first-person account of the significant challenges intelligence professionals faced in the dynamic crucible of combat in Vietnam."-- "The Military Intelligence Corps Association"
"...a well-documented account that sheds light on an important intelligence contribution to the Vietnam War and the role of intelligence at the tactical level."-- "Studies in Intelligence"
"...not only corrects errors presented in other widely distributed books about the Vietnam War but it also makes for an interesting case study that should be included in such studies for both military officers and intelligence professionals...This book is highly recommended to both intelligence professionals and any readers that enjoy detailed descriptions of military battle."-- "American Intelligence Journal"
"...provides the historical intelligence example that can be used today by current military leaders and educators regarding the planning staff's responsibility to help the commander's visual the battlefield."-- "Military Review"
"This book is a well-written and extensively documented account by an intelligence insider who was there during the events described. It is a much-needed corrective to the narrative of a part of the Vietnam War that has received relatively little attention by most historians of the war."--James H. Willbanks, PhD, LTC, USA (Ret) author of "Abandoning Vietnam" and "A Raid Too Far"