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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 ***** 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 and ********** counterparts ***** the Soviet Union and Communist China. According to A.J. Langguth, the North ***** Army ***** the ***** Liberation *****, headed by Nguyen Huu Tho, "were hardly ***** fighters" which a prominent American 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 p*****inted with anti-government slogans" (160-61).

In order to demonstrate the inefficiency and disorganization of these two *****, several examples need to be addressed. First of all, from its earliest days, the PAVN, also known as the People's Army of Vietnam, the main fighting force linked ***** communism during the Vietnam conflict, suffered from 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 as enemy territory, a l*****ck ***** logistics and transport systems which were necessary to move a modern *****rmy force, a low level of 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.

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

In addition, the PAVN was greatly influenced by Red China ***** 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 was funded by the ***** Communist Party and all logistics ***** either from Red China or the Soviet Union. And after ten years of conflict with ***** American *****, the PAVN ***** 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 simil*****r vein, ***** National ***** Front

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