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Communist Revolutionary Warfare: From the Vietminh to the by George K. Tanham

By George K. Tanham

This quantity within the Praeger safeguard overseas (PSI) sequence Classics of the Counterinsurgency period was once one of the first significant released analyses via an American professional at the insurgency in Indochina. as well as tracing the chinese language impression at the Vietminh cadres and the French army reaction, the ebook describes the association, logistics, and strategies of the communist flow. the writer, George Tanham, controlled the U.S. rural improvement application in South Vietnam and later served as exact assistant for counterinsurgency on the U.S. Embassy in Thailand in the course of the mid-1960s. With a brand new foreword by way of Richard A. Shultz Jr.

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The popular forces, or guerrillas, had a self-training VIETMINH PERSONNEL AND LOGISTICS 31 program, with assistance from the regional troops and occasional aid from noncoms and officers of the regular army. Their training was largely political, but it included some instruction in the use of personal weapons, as well as lessons in sabotage. Some of the more advanced village units had close-order drill and even instruction on automatic weapons. At the district level, companies underwent additional training, with continued emphasis on individual arms, more instruction in the use of automatic weapons, and elementaryeducation in small-unit tactics.

They were set up as follows: The highest territorial unit was the interzone, which, in theory, included several zones. In practice, there were certain independent zones directly under the High Command, and some interzones without subordinate zones. Below the interzones or zones came the provinces, which were composed of several districts. At the base of the organization were the intervillages (several villages combined for administrative purposes) and the villages. The Executive and Resistance Committee, sometimes called just Committee of Resistance, directed the overall war effort of interzone or zone.

Also, De Lattre had been singularly able to inspire his troops; succeeding commanders, on the other hand, were increasingly faced with morale problems. VIETMINH MILITARY DOCTRINE AND THE WAR 11 In November, 1951, the French struck at and captured Hoa Binh, thereby severing the north-south communications route of the Vietminh. Giap counterattacked, but the French had anticipated his move and indeed had planned to attrite his forces in a set battle. 5 Faced with increasing supply problems, heavy losses, and Vietminh infiltration of the Delta, the French reluctantly abandoned Hoa Binh.

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