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THE NORTH VIETNAMESE ARMY & THE NATIONAL

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***** to what some historians believe, the North Vietnamese Army and the National Liberation Front during the Vietnam War were anything but an organized and efficient unit, for in reality, *****se two entities were disorganized, peasant forces that operated under the so-called leadership of the Communists in North Vietnam ***** their counterparts ***** the Soviet Union and Communist China. According to A.J. Langguth, the North ***** Army ***** the National Liberation Front, headed by Nguyen Huu Tho, "were hardly the fighters" which a prominent Americ*****n journalist had deemed them, for following one of many skirmishes, the troops "had killed only one unarmed farmer who was living with his wife and children in a hut painted ***** anti-government slogans" (160-61).

In order to demonstrate the inefficiency and disorganization ***** these two *****, several examples need to be addressed. First of all, from its earliest days, the PAVN, also known as ***** People's ***** ***** Vietnam, the main fighting force linked to communism during the Vietnam conflict, suffered ***** many liabilities, including an army geared toward guerrilla infantry tactics, an inability to disperse air and naval ***** over long distances ***** into neighboring countries viewed as enemy territory, a l*****ck of logistics and transport systems which were necessary to move a modern *****rmy force, a low level ***** technic*****l competence related to its officers ***** a shortage of food and dependable weapons and equipment needed to carry out any defensive or offensive military operation.

Following ***** military blunders and errors of the PAVN during the Vietnam *****, its leaders, more often than not closely watched and controlled by the Communists in ***** ***** Union and Red *****, quickly recognized that new forms of weaponry ***** tactics ***** required for ***** security conditions after the fall ***** Saigon in South Vietnam in 1975. Prior to this, the PAVN, a collection of guerrilla bands made up of mostly ethnic minority people from the Vietnamese highlands, were forced to organize *****mselves into a coherent and efficient unit, but due to the fact that the PAVN ***** composed of mostly unskilled and uneducated forces, at least militarily, it came under the extreme scrutiny of ***** leaders in the Soviet Union and Red China who realized th***** the war in Vietnam, especially in relation to the American forces, was not winnable under ***** present ***** conditions.

In addition, the PAVN was greatly influenced by Red ***** and its military philosophy. The original party-led armed force, the Viet Minh Army, was created ***** the Chinese Nationalist Party and controlled from China. Later on, it was funded by the ***** Communist ***** and all logistics came either from Red China or the Soviet Union. And ***** ten years of conflict with the American forces, ***** ***** ***** in a worse condition that it had been previous to the war; in effect, ***** relation to ***** organization, it was completely dysfunctional and chaotic.

In a similar vein, the National ***** Front

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