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THE NORTH VIETNAMESE ARMY & THE NATIONAL

LIBERATION FRONT

***** to what some historians believe, the North Vietnamese Army and ***** National Liberation Front during the Vietnam War were anything but an org*****ized and 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 ***** their counterparts in the Soviet Union and Communist China. According to A.J. Langguth, the North *****ese Army ***** 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 "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 entities, 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 forces over long distances ***** into neighboring countries viewed ***** enemy territory, a l*****ck of logistics and transport systems which were necessary to move a modern ********** 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.

Following ***** military blunders and err*****s of the PAVN during the Vietnam *****, its leaders, more ********** than not closely watched and controlled by the Communists in ***** Soviet Union and Red *****, quickly recognized that new forms of weaponry ***** ***** ***** required for new security conditions after the fall ***** Saigon ***** 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 *****selves into a coherent and efficient unit, but due to ***** fact that the PAVN ***** composed of mostly unskilled and uneducated forces, at least militarily, it came under ***** extreme scrutiny ***** the ***** in ***** ***** Union and Red China who realized that the war in Vietnam, especially ***** relation to ***** American forces, was not winnable under the present military conditions.

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

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

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