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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 defense foreign (PSI) sequence Classics of the Counterinsurgency period used to be one of the first significant released analyses through an American specialist at the insurgency in Indochina. as well as tracing the chinese language impression at the Vietminh cadres and the French army reaction, the e-book describes the association, logistics, and strategies of the communist move. the writer, George Tanham, controlled the U.S. rural improvement software in South Vietnam and later served as certain assistant for counterinsurgency on the U.S. Embassy in Thailand through the mid-1960s. With a brand new foreword by means of Richard A. Shultz Jr.

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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. They deprecated the seriousness of this withdrawal by claiming that they had by then accomplished their objective of forcing Giap into pitched battles, with resulting heavy casualties.

It lists such obvious prerequisites as bravery, patriotism, and the 32 COMMUNIST REVOLUTIONARY WARFARE willing acceptance of military discipline, and further demands of every soldier an endeavor to serve the people, to acquire the proper political ideas, and to improve himself in all ways. ” Vietminh leaders always maintained that their soldiers fought willingly and happily. In practice, despite their condemnation of discipline in the enemy army, the Vietminh themselves insisted on very strict discipline.

In 1950, a more modern General Staff, based largely on the French model, was created or, more precisely, reorganized from the older one. The cabinet of this new General Staff had four sections: local security, communications, accounts, and administration. The four major staff officers were in charge of personnel, intelligence, operations, and supply, much as is the case in the American army. Under the General Staff were the territorial commands and the line outfits (then regiments). The organizational pattern made it apparent that the staff was intended to plan and direct the operations of large units.

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