By Gordon L. Rottman
This booklet unearths the evolving US, Viet Cong and NVA strategies at battalion point and lower than in the course of the Vietnam battle. starting with an outline of the terrain, weather and the original nature of operations during this theatre of conflict, the writer, a Vietnam veteran himself, is going directly to clarify how unit company used to be damaged down via combatant forces and the influence this had at the form of strategies they hired. specifically, the writer highlights how devices have been organised in truth at the battlefield instead of their theoretical tables of agency. US strategies integrated the normal US tactical doctrine as prescribed via a number of box manuals and during which leaders and troops have been rigourously educated. however it additionally finds what percentage American devices constructed leading edge small unit strategies in particular adapted to the terrain and enemy practices. against this, this ebook additionally unearths the strategies hired through Viet Cong and NVA devices together with their very own Offensive Operations, Reconnaissance, move Formations and protection, and Ambushes.
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F5 & F6: Triangular and "X"-shaped ambushes were also little used, but were effective in open areas - large rice paddies, fields, swamps, etc. - where the enemy might approach from any direction, along paddy dikes or a maze of trails. Using dikes for cover, the ambushers would position themselves on opposite sides, and creep over to the appropriate side only when the enemy's approach was identified. Key: 1 = MG, 2 = leader. An M60 gunner of a platoon passing through an abandoned and destroyed village.
Such a perimeter was deadly to attack. MOVEMENT ON FOOT Men of a command group pass through a forested area largely devoid of underbrush. Note the box-like assembly behind the RTO's right shoulder; this is a loudspeaker for the AN/PRC-25 radio, allowing it to be heard without having one's ear glued to the handset. Noise discipline was not a priority in units using these. 28 While l ^ - t o n cargo trucks were occasionally used to transport troops on secure roads, and the ARVN relied heavily on them, the principal means of movement by all combatants was their own two feet - whether in the jungles, swamps, hills, or plains.
A battalion commander discusses an operation with two of his company commanders. Regardless of the ability to transmit orders by radio, face-to-face coordination was important. It allowed the commander to more effectively express his concepts, and assess the state of his subordinates. Ranges There is a mistaken impression that ambushes were set up "right on top" of the enemy's anticipated route. In some situations, especially in extremely dense vegetation, this was unavoidable, but ideally the force would be set up at a longer range.