Army of the Republic of Vietnam 1955-75

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Rottman's latest title discusses the original reorganization of Vietnam forces, from the original colonial structure implemented by the French into the first national army of Vietnam. Complete with a detailed history of the command structure and orders of battle, Rottman sheds light on the little known divisional histories of the army through rare, original source material. Moreover, the author examines in detail the evolution of such key units as armoured forces, ranger commands as well as combat unit ...
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Overview

Rottman's latest title discusses the original reorganization of Vietnam forces, from the original colonial structure implemented by the French into the first national army of Vietnam. Complete with a detailed history of the command structure and orders of battle, Rottman sheds light on the little known divisional histories of the army through rare, original source material. Moreover, the author examines in detail the evolution of such key units as armoured forces, ranger commands as well as combat unit organization. This, together with a detailed analysis of the experiences of the typical rank and file soldier as well as officer corps, provides a concise and and in-depth history of an army that is too often neglected or quickly judged.
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"A brief but thorough history of the First National Army of Vietnam from its original colonial structure implemented by the French and its re-organization of the Vietnam forces. The author includes a comprehensive analysis of the experiences of the typical soldier and officer corps that is often ignored or forgotten [and] provides a detailed history of command structure and order of battle." -www.mataka.org (November 2010)

"... an interesting, concise and in-depth history of an army that has been relatively neglected in the wake of the Vietnam War." -Toy Soldier & Model Figure (May 2011)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849081818
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Series: Men-at-Arms Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,468,520
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon L. Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a Special Operations Forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas. The author lives in Cyprus, Texas.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 3

The ARVN's mixed reputation

the American/Vietnamese relationship

the country, and the enemy

Evolution of the Arvn 6

L'Armée Nationale Vietnamienne, 1951-55

French defeat and withdrawal, 1954-56

Army of the Republic of Vietnam, 1955

Command Structure 9

Joint General Staff

Regional commands: Corps, and Military Regions

Corps Tactical Zones

Divisional Tactical Zones

restored Military Regions, 1972-75

Special Tactical Zones

Divisional Organization 14

Branch, formation and unit designations

Divisional organization pre-1959

divisional reorganization from 1959

divisional activations

divisional order of battle, c.1969

Divisional histories: Light/Field/Infantry Divisions

Airborne Division

Ranger Command 24

Unit Organization 34

Infantry

Artillery

Armor Corps

Territorial Forces 38

Select Bibliography 42

Index 48

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