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THE NORTH VIETNAMESE ARMY & THE NATIONAL

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***** to what some historians believe, the North Vietnamese Army and ***** 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 their counterparts in the Soviet Union and Communist Ch*****a. According to A.J. Langguth, the North ***** Army and the ***** Liberation Front, 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 "had killed only one unarmed farmer who was living with his wife and children in a hut painted with anti-government slogans" (160-61).

In order to demonstrate the inefficiency and disorganization of ***** 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 ***** communism during the 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 ***** 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 conflict, its leaders, more often than not closely watched ***** controlled by the Communists in ***** Soviet Union and Red Ch*****a, quickly recognized that new forms of weaponry ***** ***** were required for ***** security conditions after the fall ***** Saigon in South Vietnam in 1975. Prior to this, the PAVN, a collection of ***** bands made up of mostly ethnic m*****ority people ***** the Vietnamese highlands, ***** ********** to organize themselves into a coherent and efficient unit, but due to the fact that the ***** ***** composed ***** mostly uns***** and uneducated forces, at least militarily, it came under ***** extreme scrutiny of the leaders in ***** Soviet Union and Red Ch*****a who realized th***** the war in Vietnam, especially in relation ***** the ***** forces, was not winnable under ***** present ***** 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 ***** ***** Chinese Nationalist Party and controlled from *****. Later on, it was funded by the ***** Communist ***** and all logistics ***** either from Red China or the Soviet Union. And ***** ten years of ***** with the American forces, ***** 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 ve*****, the National Liberation Front

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