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

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

***** ***** military blunders and err*****s of the PAVN during the Vietnam *****, ***** leaders, more often than not closely watched ***** controlled by ***** Communists in the Soviet Union and Red *****, quickly recognized that new forms of weaponry and tactics were required for new security conditions after the fall ***** Saigon ***** 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, ***** *****ced to organize themselves 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 ***** extreme scrutiny of the leaders in the Soviet Union and Red Ch*****a who realized th***** the war in Vietnam, especially in relation ***** the American forces, was ***** winnable under ***** present ***** conditions.

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

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


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