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Media Release : The Gunpowder Prince




New Book Tells of Pakistani Immigrant

             Who Saved America From an Historic Military Defeat


Reno, Nevada, April 6, 2018 — In early 1968, world attention focused on the isolated Khe Sanh Combat Base in South Vietnam, where a regiment of United States Marines were besieged by nearly 30,000 North Vietnamese Army soldiers. 

What few ever knew was that the fate of those 6,000 Americans hinged upon the talent of a small band of resourceful officers in Khe Sanh’s underground command bunker, who devised imaginative schemes to prevent the fall of this remote outpost, amid the ebb-and-flow of the battle — often being fought just a few hundred yards away.Chief among them was thirty-six-year-old, Marine Corps Captain Mirza Munir “Harry” Baig, a scholarly, Cambridge University-educated immigrant from Pakistan. Heir to a celebrated family military tradition dating back centuries to the Mongol conquest of the Western Himalayas, his   classical education; incomparable expertise in the use of field artillery; and murky, counterintelligence work developing spy networks deep into North Vietnam, permitted the enigmatic Baig—like a chess grand master—to "get into the heads" of enemy strategists and anticipate their every move.

Award-winning author Michael Archer worked alongside this brilliant eccentric throughout that bitter ten-week siege. Supported by declassified American and Vietnamese military records and memoirs, Archer leaves little doubt that Captain Baig's presence at Khe Sanh was critical in saving thousands of his fellow defenders from death or captivity—and averting one of the gravest military defeats in American history.

For more information about The Gunpowder Prince: How Marine Corps Captain Mirza Munir Baig Saved Khe Sanh (Paperback:143 pages/$9.95) please visit

About the Author:

Michael Archer grew up in Oakland, California and served in Vietnam as a U.S. Marine in 1967-1968.  His books include A Patch of Ground: Khe Sanh Remembered, which

 VIETNAM magazine called “the best first-hand account of the battle of Khe Sanh;” and The Long Goodbye: Khe Sanh Revisited, selected as FOREWORD Reviews 2016 INDIES

 Book of the Year Award winner.  Michael lives in Reno, Nevada.


Contact: Michael Archer

Phone: (775) 846-4995