By Gordon L. Rottman

ISBN-10: 1849081816

ISBN-13: 9781849081818

Rottman's most up-to-date name discusses the unique reorganization of Vietnam forces, from the unique colonial constitution carried out by way of the French into the 1st nationwide military of Vietnam. entire with an in depth background of the command constitution and orders of conflict, Rottman sheds mild at the little recognized divisional histories of the military via infrequent, unique resource fabric. furthermore, the writer examines intimately the evolution of such key devices as armoured forces, ranger instructions in addition to strive against unit association. This, including an in depth research of the studies of the common rank and dossier soldier in addition to officer corps, presents a concise and and in-depth background of a military that's too frequently missed or speedy judged.

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5in bazookas. With the advent of the M16A1 the BAR was replaced by an M79 grenade-launcher and the M1919A6s by M60 machine guns. From the final US withdrawal in 1972 battalions in MR I – the most vulnerable northern provinces – might have four to eight jeep-mounted 106mm M40A1 recoilless rifles in the HQ company, and some regiments were assigned two or three M220 TOW antitank missiles. While many factors must be considered in regards to complaints of poor ARVN performance, one that is seldom taken into account was the low ARVN manpower and equipment levels compared to equivalent US units.

47 INDEX References to illustration captions are shown in bold. Plates are shown with page and caption locators in brackets. administrative companies 16, 17 air defense battalions 17 airborne battalions 23, D1, 6(28, 45) airborne brigades 16, 23, 24 Airborne Division 6, 11, 16, 17, 18, 21, 21, 22, 23–4, D1–9(28, 45), H1(32, 47), 33, 36, 41, 42, 45, 46 Airborne Group/task forces 16, 24 An Loc, siege of 20, 21, 23 antitank missiles: D2(28, 45), 34 APCs F1(30, 46), 37, 37, 38 Armor Command/School 10, 37 Armor Corps 5, F1–3(30, 46), 36–8 armored brigades 17, 38 armored cars/car troops 36, 37, 38, 39 armored cavalry brigades/groups 12 armored cavalry brigades/groups/regiments/ squadrons 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, F1, 4(30, 46), 37, 38 artillery 4, 9, 15, 16, 17, 35, 36, 36, 39 artillery battalions 9, 13, 15–16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 35, 36, 39 artillery batteries/platoons 17, 35, 36 Artillery Command 11, H2(32, 47) base defense duties/units 34, 36 battalion headquarters companies 17 bazookas 34, 35, 37 Binh Xuyen bandits 8 Border Ranger battalions 17, 33 Cambodia 5, 6, 14, 20, 22, 23, 24 Cao Dai/Hoa Hao religious sects 8, 21, 22 Capital Military District 11, 13, 24 carbines 4, 18, 24, G1(31, 46), 34 casualties/casualty rates 5, 8 Civil Guard/Frontier Guard 19, 38 Civilian Irregular Defense Group 14, 33 Combined Action Battalion program 39 communications battalions 10, 17, 34 company weapons platoons 33, 34, 34 conscription/draft/desertion 40, 41–2 corps (I–IV) 12, 13, 16, 17, 23, 36, 38 corps armored cavalry regiments 12, 37 corps artillery battalions 12, 15, 17, 36 corps engineer battalions/group 12 Corps Tactical Zones (I–IV) 11, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 33, 36, 39 Da Nang 13, 18, 19, 20, 33 Demilitarized Zone 5, 13, 17, 18, 19, 38 Democratic Republic of Vietnam 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 15 Diem, President 7, 9, 10, 11, 19, 21, 24 district/province chiefs 12, 13, 38, 39 dog/name tags/tapes 12, E2(29, 45–6), 43 Easter Offensive (1972) 19, 42 electronic warfare detachments 16 engineer battalions/companies/groups 13, 15, 16, 17, 23, 40 ethnic minority groups/units 19, 23, 41 field divisions 9, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21 forward command posts 18 French forces (CEFEO) 3, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 9, 23, A1–3(25, 43–4), D1(28, 45) 48 General Reserve units 5, 11, 13, 17, 33 grenade-launchers/grenades/grenadiers 16, 17, A1(25, 43), C1(27, 44–5), G1–2(31, 46–7), 34, 35, 41 headquarters companies/squadrons 16, 17, 33, 34, 37 headwear 7, 12, 21, 22, A1–2(25, 43), B1–2(26,44), C1–2(27, 44–5), D1(28, 45), E1–2(29, 45), F1(30, 46), G3(31, 47), H1–3(32, 47), 35, 41 independent infantry regiments 14, 16, 18, 21, 22, 23 infantry battalions/companies 15, 16–17, 18, 19, 24, 33, 34 infantry divisions 12, 14–24, 19, 21, B2(26, 44), 31, 35–6, 37, 38, 39 infantry regiments 14, 15–17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 34, 39 infantry squad leaders B2(26, 44) intelligence companies/sections 10, 15 Joint General Staff 10–11, 12, 13, 23, H1(32, 47), 37 Laos 5, 6, 18 L’Armée Nationale Vietnamienne (ANV) 6, 7–8, 8, 9, 18, 20, 23, A1–3(25, 43–4) light divisions 9, 12–13, 15, 16, 21, 22 light mobile strike forces 15 long-range (recon) patrol units 16, 24 MAAG 8, 10, 15 machine gunners/guns 3, 15, A2(25, 43), E1(29, 45), 33, 34, 34 35, 37, 41 Marine Brigade/Group 16 Marine Division 6, 11, 16, 17, 18, 21, 41 mechanized battle groups/platoons 37–8, 39 mechanized rifle companies/sqns 37, 38 medical battalions 16, 17, 23 medical companies/platoons 15, 16, 34 Mekong Delta 5, 13, 19, 19, 20, 21, 22 Military Police 16, 17, H3(32, 47), 40 Military Regions (I–V) 10, 12–13, 15, 19, 20, 24, 33, 39 morale/motivation 4, 5, 16, 21, 41 mortar battalions/platoons 16, 34, 36, 39 mortar gunners/sections 15, 34 mortars 9, 15, 15, 16, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38 National Police Field Force G3, 7(31, 47), 34, 47 Nung (ethnic Chinese) troops 19 O’Daniel, LtGen John W.

30cal M1 Garand rifle, and wears US World War II surplus web gear. It was common practice to slip eight-round Garand clips onto the suspenders for quick access. 44 B 2: Squad leader, 1 st I n f an t r y D ivisio n He wears the US-produced but Asian-sized version of the US olive green fatigues and combat boots; the Vietnamese produced similar uniforms but in a lighter fabric. This field cap, shaped by a black vinyl internal sweatband, was the characteristic ARVN type throughout the war. He displays on his left sleeve the white-and-blue divisional patch, and P re-1 9 6 6 ra nk i ns i gni a B3: General officers were distinguished by 5 to 1 silver stars: Thuong Tuang, superior general (US equivalent, general of the Army); Dai Tuong, senior general (general – illustrated); Trung Tuong, intermediate general (lieutenantgeneral); Thieu Tuong, junior general (major-general); and Chuan Tuong, sub-general (brigadier-general).

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