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Vietnam Conflict Mini Research

  1. 1. What Weapons And Tactics Did The Vietcong Use During The Vietnam War? Alex Lee
  2. 2. Vietcong <ul><li>Vietcong (Vietnamese Communists) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The military branch of National Liberation Front (NLF) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Main force of Vietcong units were full-time uniformed soldiers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Used for large-scale offensives </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Limited to their own districts </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local Vietcong Groups </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Less Confident </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Young Recruits motivated by idealism </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Were taught minimum infantry training + Why they were fighting </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Weapons <ul><li>Provided by China </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AK-47’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Used against Infantry </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Light Machine Guns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Used against American helicopters </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rocket Propelled Grenades a.k.a. RPG’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Used against tanks/bunkers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mortars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Artillery </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Provided by USA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bombs that didn’t explode during air strikes (known as Duds) were used by Vietcong to create explosives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Traps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hidden pits with sharp spikes </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>December 1965 – Ho Chi Minh ordered a change in how the war would be fought (Guerilla Warfare) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vietcong would avoid battle unless they had the advantage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase in recruitment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Infiltrated Towns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Couldn’t tell which peasants were Vietcong and which weren’t </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Organized the peasants in the towns they controlled </li></ul></ul></ul>Guerilla Warfare &quot;The enemy advances, we retreat; the enemy camps, we harass; the enemy tires, we attack; the enemy retreats, we pursue” <ul><li>Guerilla Tactics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Hit and Run” Attacks/Ambushes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hidden Headquarters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Jungles and under cities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Avoided American planes from bombing them </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tunnel System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Used to transport/supply troops </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Mostly fought in rural areas </li></ul><ul><li>Main strategy of Guerilla Warfare is to wear-out your enemy in a long-drawn out war </li></ul>
  5. 5. Works Cited <ul><li>Information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pathfinder  “Guerilla Tactics: An Overview” Public Broadcasting Station. PBS. 29 Oct 2008 < http:// www.pbs.org/battlefieldvietnam/guerrilla/index.html >. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Griffith, Samuel. &quot;On Guerilla Warfare.&quot; Spartacus Educational . Spartacus. 29 Oct 2008 < http:// www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/VNguerrilla.htm > </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Guerilla Warfare.&quot; Wikipedia . 2008. 29 Oct 2008 < http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guerilla_warfare > (Vietnam Warfare) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Photos </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Le Minh Truong @ National Geographic Society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Archives and Records Adminstration (NARA) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://files.uzitalk.com/images/usma/museum (Weapons) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.pbs.org/battlefieldvietnam/guerrilla/index.html (Tunnels) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://tedandcourtneyseasia.blogspot.com/2007/08/cao-dai-temple-cu-chi-tunnels.html </li></ul></ul>

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