Vietnam Infantry Tactics

Vietnam Infantry Tactics

by Gordon Rottman, Peter Dennis
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Osprey's study of the evolving US, Viet Cong and NVA tactics at battalion level and below throughout the Vietnam War (1955-1975). Beginning with a description of the terrain, climate and the unique nature of operations in this theater of war, author Gordon Rottman, a Vietnam veteran himself, goes on to explain how unit organization was broken down by… See more details below

Overview

Osprey's study of the evolving US, Viet Cong and NVA tactics at battalion level and below throughout the Vietnam War (1955-1975). Beginning with a description of the terrain, climate and the unique nature of operations in this theater of war, author Gordon Rottman, a Vietnam veteran himself, goes on to explain how unit organization was broken down by combatant forces and the impact this had on the kind of tactics they employed. In particular, Rottman highlights how units were organized in reality on the battlefield as opposed to their theoretical tables of organization.

US tactics included the standard US tactical doctrine as prescribed by several field manuals and in which leaders and troops were rigorously trained. But it also reveals how many American units developed innovative small unit tactics specifically tailored to the terrain and enemy practices. Key Free World Forces' tactics that will be discussed in detail include Command and Control, Combat Patrols and Ambushes, Counter-Ambushes, Defensive Perimeters, and Offensive Operations (sweeps, search and destroy, clear and secure). In contrast, this book reveals the tactics employed by Viet Cong and NVA units including their own Offensive Operations (attacking bases and installations, attacking moving forces), Reconnaissance, Movement Formations and Security, and Ambushes.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...[looks] at the war from both perspectives - the US and the Viet Cong.  As a result, it is possible to compare the differing tactics adopted by each side. This is an ideal book for anyone who wants to understand what happened on the ground during the Vietnam War. Well researched, and well written, it will be of interest no matter how little or how much knowledge you have of this war."
- Angela Youngman, www.monstersandcritics.com

"Vietnam Infantry Tactics comes from an infantry veteran of Vietnam and provides a fine survey of small-unit tactics of the conflict."
- The Midwest Book Review (September 2011)

"This is an extremely interesting work for anyone wishing to understand the part that boots on the ground tactics played during the still controversial Vietnam War."
- Blaine Taylor, The Military Advisor (Summer 2012)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781472803962
Publisher:
Osprey Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
05/21/2013
Series:
Elite , #186
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
File size:
17 MB
Note:
This product may take a few minutes to download.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >