Inside the VC and the NVA: The Real Story of North Vietnam's Armed Forces

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Overview


If the costs of the Vietnam War were great to Americans and staggering to the South Vietnamese, they were even worse for the North. And those costs were borne largely by the individual soldiers—the soldiers who won the war.

Based on interviews, soldiers’ diaries, letters, and government documents, this book, first published in 1992, gives a classic, soldier’s-eye account of the war our opponents fought and the men who fought it.

Here is real story of North Vietnam's armed forces. Lanning served as a platoon leader and company commander in Vietnam, and as public affairs officer for General Schwartzkopf. Now he and Cragg, a sergeant-major who served five years in Vietnam, tell how the communists won that conflict by using the individual soldier. Military History

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"Inside the VC and the NVA offers an in-depth and comprehensive examination into the inner workings of both of these organizations...one of the best resources concerning the VC and NVA during the Vietnam War. Anyone wishing to learn more about the enemy America and South Vietnam faced during the war would be hard pressed to find a better book." -- Jason M. Sokiera, Hattiesburg, MS

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"Inside the VC and the NVA offers an in-depth and comprehensive examination into the inner workings of both of these organizations...one of the best resources concerning the VC and NVA during the Vietnam War. Anyone wishing to learn more about the enemy America and South Vietnam faced during the war would be hard pressed to find a better book." -- Jason M. Sokiera, Hattiesburg, MS
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Meet the Author


MICHAEL LEE LANNING, a retired lieutenant colonel who served three tours of duty in Vietnam, is the author of sixteen nonfiction books on military history. Texas A&M University Press has reissued two of them, The Only War We Had: A Platoon Leader’s Journal of Vietnam and Vietnam, 1969–1970: A Company Commander’s Journal. He lives in Crystal Beach, Texas.DAN CRAGG enlisted in the army in 1958 and served five years as an infantryman in Vietnam. He is the author or co-author of more than a dozen military books, fiction and nonfiction. He lives in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
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Table of Contents

1 In Their Own Words 3

2 The Vietnam Enigma 16

3 The Bamboo Soldiers: Recruiting and Training 37

4 The Infiltration South 65

5 Organization 79

6 Equipment, Arms, and Supplies 101

7 Logistics 117

8 Their Silent Tents are Spread: Life in Camp and Bivouac 135

9 In Battle 169

10 Voices from the Other Side: The Generals 191

11 Voices from the Other Side: The Grunts 215

12 Losers and Losers: Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon 237

Afterword 259

Appendixes 261

Source Notes 293

Bibliography 315

Index 325

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