According to the RVN respondents, the collapse of the South was caused more by internal problems that had developed over many years than by the weight of the final communist offensive.
Our intentions were to fight a long time and cause heavy casualties to the United States, so the United States would see that the war was unwinnable and would leave.
As the Nixon administration began lowering the number of American combat forces in South Vietnam inHanoi felt less risk in sending more combat divisions, as well as tanks and artillery, into the RVN.
Vietnam People's Ground Forces[ edit ] Within PAVN the Ground Forces have not been established as a full Command, thus all of the ground troops, army corps, military districts, specialised arms belong to the Ministry of Defenceunder directly command of the General Staff.
Although successful at the beginning, the South Vietnamese repulsed the main assaults with U. Apart from its occupation of half of the disputed Spratly Islandswhich have been claimed as Vietnamese territory since the 17th century, Vietnam has not officially had forces stationed internationally since its withdrawal from Cambodia and Laos in early In the army consisted of about 1.
Also supporting such a view is the evidence, not widely recognized in the United States at the time, that local communist forces in South Vietnam were devastated during the Tet Offensive. By the early 21st Century, this taxonomy had seemingly evolved into two types of troops.
However, both groups ultimately worked under the same command structure. When the country embarked upon the period of peace and construction, the VPA adjusted its organizational structure and equipment, and downsized its strength by nearly two thirds.
Americans supporting the war also failed to distinguish between reality and their own propaganda, refusing to see that a sovereign and independent Republic of Vietnam RVN could only exist if the Saigon government and its American ally won the war.
Without direct support of its US ally, and suffering from stresses caused by dwindling aid, the ARVN was ill-prepared to confront the highly motivated PAVN, and despite numerical superiority of the ARVN in tactical aircraft, armoured vehicles and overwhelming three to one odds in regular troops, the PAVN quickly secured victory within two months and captured Saigon on 30 Aprileffectively ending the 70 years of conflict stemming from French colonial invasion of the 19th century and unifying Vietnam.
However, Vietnam does not have a separate Ground Force or Army branch. The war in Vietnam was not a war of aggression by the North against the South, nor was it ever a purely conventional war. American leaders denied the civil nature of the conflict and worked for a solution to the Vietnam conflict similar to that achieved earlier in Korea.
Inthe theatres of the war with the French were reorganised as the first five military regions, and in the next two years, several divisions were reduced to brigade size to meet the manpower requirements of collective farms.
The strength and value of local irregular forces would become apparent in when the communists began their final offensive. The Southern expansion of Vietnam resulted with the destruction of Champa as an independent nation to a level that it didn't exist anymore; total destruction of Luang Prabang ; the decline of Cambodia which resulted to Vietnam's annexation of Mekong Delta and wars against Siam.
We understood that the U. The PAVN has numerous small firms which have become quite profitable in recent years. At that time, the th Division was also backed by the 11th Battalion that later became the main force of the th Division. As Johnson, Westmoreland and other officials considered Khe Sanh to be the primary target of the North Vietnamese, they largely ignored signs of a Communist buildup in more urban areas of South Vietnam.
During peacetime, the standing forces are minimised in number, and kept combat-ready by regular physical and weapons training, and stock maintenance.
The PAVN has regularly sent troops to aid with natural disasters such as flooding, landslides etc. Army was superior to our own logistically, in weapons and in all things. Although the communist offensive relied upon regular units attacking in very conventional ways, the descriptions of the offensive by the men who directed it and by those who tried to counter it indicate that the communists were definitely not engaging in conventional war as that term is understood in the United States.
However, as Vietnam's strategic environment becomes increasingly complicated due to China's push to become the dominant country within Asia, along with the constant build-up of military capabilities among regional powers, there will most likely be greater emphasis on the country's ability to define and protect its often distant offshore claims.
In it numbered about 1. It has also built small-scale hydroelectric stations and radio and TV stations to raise the cultural standards of the people.
On March 31, Johnson announced he was halting most of the bombing attacks in North Vietnam and opening peace negotiations; he also withdrew his candidacy for reelection. Consequently, it gave its troops heavy political indoctrination in the glory of patriotic sacrifice and prepared them to use guerrilla, as well as conventional, tactics as needed.
The decision was made to continue to pursue "main force" engagements even though "there were others in the South — they were not military people — who wanted to go back to guerrilla war," but the strategic aims were adjusted to meet the new reality.
The RVN was not a state to be defended but a state to be created. Yet all of these things happened in South Vietnam inand to call the offensive that orchestrated them a conventional attack, as that term is normally understood in the United States, is to misunderstand the reasons for communist success.
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