Essay - The North Vietnamese Army & the National Liberation Front Contrary...

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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 org*****ized ***** efficient unit, for in reality, these two entities were disorganized, peasant forces that operated under the so-called leadership of the Communists in North Vietnam and *****ir counterparts ***** the Soviet Union and Communist China. According to A.J. Langguth, the North *****ese Army ***** the National Liberation *****, headed by Nguyen Huu Tho, "were hardly the fighters" which a prominent American 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 with anti-government slogans" (160-61).

In order ***** 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 ***** Vietnam, the main fighting force linked ***** 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 and into neighboring countries viewed ***** enemy territory, a l*****ck of logistics ***** transport systems which were necessary to move a modern *****rmy force, a low level ***** technic*****l competence related ***** its officers and a shortage of food and dependable weapons and equipment needed to carry out any defensive or offensive military operation.

***** the ***** blunders and err*****s of the PAVN during the Vietnam *****, its leaders, more ********** than not closely watched and controlled by the Communists in ***** ***** Union and Red Ch*****a, quickly recognized that new forms of weaponry and ***** ***** required for ***** security conditions after the fall ***** Saigon in South Vietnam in 1975. Prior to this, the *****, a collection of ***** bands made up of mostly ethnic minority people from the Vietnamese highlands, were forced 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 the extreme scrutiny ***** the ***** in the Soviet Union and Red Ch*****a who realized th***** the war in Vietnam, especially in relation ***** ***** American forces, was ***** winnable under the present military 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 by the Chinese Nationalist Party and ***** from *****. Later on, it ***** funded by the Chinese Communist Party and all logistics came either from Red China or the Soviet Uni*****. And ***** ten years of conflict with ***** American forces, the PAVN was in a worse condition that it had been previous to the war; ***** effect, in relation to its organization, it was completely dysfunctional and chaotic.

In a simil*****r vein, ***** National Liberation Front


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