By Jeffrey J. Clarke
In “Advice and help: the ultimate Years, 1965-1973,” Jeffrey J. Clarke describes the U.S. military advisory attempt to the South Vietnamese military in the course of the interval whilst the U.S. dedication in Southeast Asia was once at its height. The account features a large spectrum of actions at numerous degrees, from the bodily hard paintings of the battalion advisers at the flooring to the extra subtle undertakings of our senior army officials on the maximum echelons of the yank army information command in Saigon. between severe matters taken care of are our command relationships with the South Vietnamese military, our politico-military efforts to aid reform either the South Vietnamese army and govt, and our implementation of the Vietnamization coverage inaugurated in 1969. the outcome let us know a lot concerning the U.S. Army's position as an agent of nationwide coverage in a serious yet frequently ignored area, and constitutes an immense contribution to our knowing of not just occasions that happened in Vietnam, but in addition the choices and activities that produced them.
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S. " The question of doctrine had a direct impact on operations. For example, the projected division of responsibility meant that Saigon's counterinsurgency, or "pacification," effort depended on a variety of military and nonmilitary organizations to plan and carry out a large number of overlapping programs . Without unified direction, successful counterinsurgency operations depended on cooperation and coordination between competing offices and agencies, making it extraordinarily difficult to put together and carry out a comprehensive response to the Viet Cong politico-military war strategy.
8 GEOGRAPHIC REGIONS OF SOUTH VIETNAM D D D D D TH V I ETNAM Platea u Coasta l Pla in Pied mont H igh lands De lta o 100 MILES br-----,-doO-K-'L-O-M---'~ERS LAOS • Killltum PI .. ih . J ~/4I' NgllIQ SOUTH - All LO( VIETNAM - Tay Nil/II PI,UII Tlllt't GULF OF THAILAND MAP I Advice and Support: The Final Years, 1965-1973 larger villages, towns, and cities by a complex of trails, roads, and waterways; by a growing "transister radid' communications system; and by their own strong personal bonds with relatives and neighbors who had left the rural hamlets for other occupations.
9 "Viet Cong," a generiC term used by the South Vie tnamese government, means Vietnamese Communist(s). 11 Advice and Support: The Final Years, 1965- 1973 tia forces . To outlying Saigon administrators, the first open signs of trouble might come months and even years later w hen taxes or rents went unpaid, minor officials were harassed, or confrontations took place between Viet Cong militia forces and province police. Normally, Viet Cong cadre used terror as a last resort, employing such measures only against recalcitrant or unpopular govern ment officials.
Advice and Support - The Final Years [US Army in Vietnam] by Jeffrey J. Clarke