Viet Cong Fighter

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Osprey's study of the Viet Cong fighters of the Vietnam War (1955-1975). An enemy in the shadows, the Viet Cong was the military arm of the National Liberation Front, the Communist Party of the Republic of Vietnam. Often generally thought of as local guerrillas, they were also an important part of the North Vietnamese Army regular cadres.

Packed with emotive and rare photographs, this book not only analyzes the skills and tactics of these fascinating fighters, but also takes a ...

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Overview

Osprey's study of the Viet Cong fighters of the Vietnam War (1955-1975). An enemy in the shadows, the Viet Cong was the military arm of the National Liberation Front, the Communist Party of the Republic of Vietnam. Often generally thought of as local guerrillas, they were also an important part of the North Vietnamese Army regular cadres.

Packed with emotive and rare photographs, this book not only analyzes the skills and tactics of these fascinating fighters, but also takes a look at their social origins to interpret how this affected their behavior as warriors.

Gordon L Rottman discusses the Viet Cong's recruitment and initial training, their unique motivation, their extensive political and psychological indoctrination, and their distinct equipment and weaponry, to provide a compelling and balanced account of these legendary guerrilla fighters.

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Praise for Gordon Rottman's book Warrior 98: US Army Infantryman in Vietnam 1965-73 'Rather then concentrating on the battles or weaponry of the US Infantryman this book delves deep into the human side of things - the experiences of a trainee through their tour of Vietnam and his exposure to things like the drug culture, the firefight and his return to the US. Great background material for getting your 'Grunt' personae right.' Broadsword
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846031267
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/22/2007
  • Series: Warrior Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,485,046
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.15 (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. The author lives in Cypress, TX.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     4
Liberate the South
Chronology     8
Organization     8
PLA forces
The cadre
Guerrilla Popular Army
Recruitment     11
Training     14
Indoctrination
Appearance     18
Local Forces
Main Forces
Weapons and Equipment     20
Conditions of Service     30
Belief and Belonging     44
Confucianism
Communism
The rules of the party
Experience in Battle     49
Special Attack Corps
Aftermath of Battle     58
Collections, Museums, and Reenactment     59
Bibliography     60
Color Plate Commentary     61
Index     64
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