TOD - Tour of Duty - Writing about believable combat

Basic description of a stint in Vietnam

  1. Lifeline
    Found this website where the author explains how things were run in Vietnam. On a very, very basic level, for people who wanted to write a novel set over there.

    Again, I have to stress that this is at a very basic level. But it gives good hints, and if you want to go deep diving you can easily go further. (

    Topics covered include: How recreation worked, where were the women, how the different 'social classes' in the corps interacted with each other (or not)
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  1. matwoolf
    This is a great source for authentic setting of your scene, thinking the military & combat variety. Lots of flavour for your mind's eye to run on to...and catch that ball. There were no girls in Vietnam, shit, war is hell. The 'guide' came about after this poor veteran tired of throwing his shoes at the screen viewing the god awful 'Tour of Duty' series if anybody remembers that far back. Thanks for the link and the read, I enjoyed it a lot.
    1. Lifeline
      Author's Response
      I never saw this series, I stick with memoirs. But I can easily imagine that a series of 'popular' facts about Nam could be very wearing. I certainly can't look some of the so-called documentaries about Afghanistan because of all the things which are not included.