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

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

by Michael Lee Lanning, Dan Cragg
     
 

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America and her allies believed that manpower, firepower, logistics, and technology were sufficient to guarantee victory in Vietnam. This book describes how the communists placed their trust in the oldest and most reliable tool of warfare: the individual soldier.

The authors, with their six-and-a-half years' combined experience on the ground in Vietnam, bring to

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America and her allies believed that manpower, firepower, logistics, and technology were sufficient to guarantee victory in Vietnam. This book describes how the communists placed their trust in the oldest and most reliable tool of warfare: the individual soldier.

The authors, with their six-and-a-half years' combined experience on the ground in Vietnam, bring to this absorbing volume a personal observation, accuracy, and honesty that is denied those who never smelled gunpowder or suffered the hardships of the soldier's life. Using interviews, personal diaries and letters, documents captured on the battlefield, and the latest revelations of the government of Vietnam, the authors show why the communist Vietnamese were able to finally seize all of Vietnam.

There are surprises. For example, most of the North Vietnamese were not native jungle fighters, as commonly assumed, but came from farms, villages, and cities. The reasons for their strategic successes are clearly underscored: by fighting only when conditions were favorable to themselves, the VC/NVA were able to create an air of invincibility in the eyes of their enemies, the local populace, and themselves.

Comments from American generals and soldiers round out this exhaustive portrait of the enemy. Finally, the sad aftermath of the Vietnam War is presented, showing that the communists may have won the war, but, tragically, never achieved peace for their beleaguered nation.

About the Author:
Dan Cragg is a retired sergeant-major who served five-and-a-half years in Vietnam. He lives in the Washington, D.C., area

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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

— Jason M. Sokiera

Military - Jason M. Sokiera

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449907160
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/04/1992
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
352

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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