Army of the Republic of Vietnam 1955-75 (Men-at-Arms, Volume by Gordon Rottman

By Gordon Rottman

Rottman's most recent name discusses the unique reorganization of Vietnam forces, from the unique colonial constitution applied by way of the French into the 1st nationwide military of Vietnam. whole with a close heritage of the command constitution and orders of conflict, Rottman sheds mild at the little identified divisional histories of the military via infrequent, unique resource fabric. in addition, the writer examines intimately the evolution of such key devices as armoured forces, ranger instructions in addition to strive against unit association. This, including a close research of the reports of the common rank and dossier soldier in addition to officer corps, offers a concise and and in-depth background of a military that's too frequently overlooked or fast judged.

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5in M20A1 bazooka 0 6 A second lieutenant, and a radio operator using an AN/PRC-10 backpack radio. Note the Thieu Uy’s rank insignia on his shirt front opening, and the semi-stiff field cap (see Plate B1); the radioman wears only the liner of his steel helmet. The ARVN’s first radios were a generation behind those of US forces; weaker in technically-proficient manpower, the ARVN also found these more difficult to operate and maintain. Even after the equipment was upgraded, the disparity in the scales of issue to US and ARVN units was as significant as that in weapons strength.

Additionally, there were 100 sector artillery platoons of 105s, with 53 deployed. A year later there were only five 105mm, four 155mm, and two (later three) 175mm battalions (101, 104, 105) assigned to corps; two battalions from I Corps had been reassigned to the new 3 Inf Div. There were by then 100 operational sector platoons, with 35 more in training. A rm o r C o r p s Many senior American officers felt there was little need or operational scope for armor in Vietnam, given the terrain, and the nature of the counter-insurgency and low-level conventional battles.

In subdued form the white stripes were in black and the yellow stripes in olive green). He too wears M1956 web gear, and is armed with an M16A1 rifle. Note his jungle boots, and the rucksack that he has just shucked off. This is the US-made type at first designed specifically for the BDQ, but later adopted throughout the ARVN. It was variously known as the “ranger pack,” “indigenous rucksack” or “ARVN rucksack”; it is not to be confused with the even less costly “indigenous rucksack” used by the CIDG.

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