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15 September 2013


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a great piece but I have to say that the characterization of the VN War as a war against guerrillas is incorrect.

It was a war against:

- The political apparatus of the communist party complete with its murderous agitprop teams
- Local VC guerrillas (the least formidable forces)
- Full time VC combat units of battalion (500 men) and regimental (1,000 men) in size.
- The North Vietnamese Army which deployed a dozen divisions and division equivalents to the South . These units had a lot of heavy equipment including artillery and tanks.

In addition to all this the air war in the North was intense. The NV Air Force had MIG-21a, MIG-19s, MIG- 17s and a lot of anti-aircraft missiles.

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