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THE NORTH VIETNAMESE ARMY & THE NATIONAL

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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 and efficient unit, for in reality, these two entities were disorganized, peasant forces that operated under the so-called leadership of ***** Communists ***** North Vietnam and their counterparts in the Soviet Union and Communist China. According to A.J. Langguth, the North ***** Army and the ***** 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 "***** 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 ***** these two entities, several examples need to be addressed. First of all, from its earliest days, the PAVN, also known as ***** People's ***** of Vietnam, the main fighting force linked to communism during ***** Vietnam conflict, suffered from many liabilities, including an army geared toward guerrilla infantry tactics, an inability to disperse air and naval forces over long distances ***** into neighboring countries viewed ***** enemy territory, a lack of logistics and transport systems which were necessary to move a modern *****rmy force, a low level of technic*****l competence related to its officers and a shortage of food and dependable weapons and equipment needed to carry out any defensive or offensive military operation.

Following the military blunders ***** err*****s of the PAVN during the Vietnam conflict, ***** leaders, more often than not closely watched and controlled by ***** Communists in the ***** Union and Red Ch*****a, quickly recognized that new forms of weaponry ***** ***** ***** required for new 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 m*****ority people ***** the Vietnamese highlands, were forced to organize *****selves into a coherent and efficient *****, but due to ***** fact that the PAVN was composed of mostly uns***** and uneducated forces, at least militarily, it came under the extreme scrutiny of ***** leaders in the Soviet Union and Red China who realized that the war in Vietnam, especially in relation to ***** American forces, ***** not winnable under the present military conditions.

In addition, the PAVN was greatly influenced by Red ***** ***** its military philosophy. The original party-led armed force, the Viet Minh Army, was created ***** the Chinese Nationalist Party and ***** from China. Later on, it ***** funded by the Chinese Communist ***** and all logistics came either from Red ***** or the Soviet Union. And after ten years of ***** with ***** American forces, the 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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