The Vietnam War arose out of a civil war between two competing philosophies. The south Vietnamese did not want to be part of the pro-Communist system being set up by the north so the country was divided along the 17th parallel of latitude. Direct American involvement in support of the South began in 1955 with the arrival of the first advisors. The first combat troops arrived in 1965 and so began the Vietnam War, the longest and most unpopular war, to date, Americans have ever fought. Over fifty-eight thousand Americans lost their lives whilst the losses to the Vietnamese people were appalling. 'Vietnam: Battle Hell' is a remarkable record of the American Administration's presentation of events, at the time, to support their cause which most would believe had little in common with a war that films such as 'The Deerhunter' subsequently portrayed with graphic reality. The Sky Soldiers, the fighting 173rd Airborne Brigade featuring Huey Gunships and their "Cowboys" against the VC in the Iron Triangle, Operation Marauder, Dexter, Yorktown and Aurora. The Black Horse Regiment, the famed 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Operations Thunderhorse and Elephant's Ear that took these hell-for-leather fighting men from sweating jungles to the Tet Offensive and bitter street fighting in Bien Hua and Saigon.The Air Mobile Division of the battling 1st Cavalry proved the effectiveness of the helicopter in bloody battle. 9th Vietcong Main Force Division - the 173rd discovered this captured enemy newsreel depicting ambush assault tactics of the Vietcong revealing a chilling picture of the enemy in battle.