By Jeffrey J. Clarke
In “Advice and aid: 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 used to be at its height. The account features a vast spectrum of actions at numerous degrees, from the bodily difficult paintings of the battalion advisers at the floor to the extra subtle undertakings of our senior army officials on the maximum echelons of the yankee army suggestions command in Saigon. between severe topics handled are our command relationships with the South Vietnamese military, our politico-military efforts to aid reform either the South Vietnamese army and executive, and our implementation of the Vietnamization coverage inaugurated in 1969. the end result let us know a lot concerning the U.S. Army's position as an agent of nationwide coverage in a serious yet usually ignored enviornment, and constitutes a massive contribution to our realizing of not just occasions that happened in Vietnam, but in addition the selections and activities that produced them.
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Army Center of Military History, 1980), p. 37; Potts Interv, 12 Apr 84, SEAB, CMH. 211 Brie fing, 1969, sub: RVNAF Log. Systems, MICRO 2/2652; Briefing, MACJ- 46, 26 Oct 67, sub: Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Logistics System, MICRO 1/1624. S. Army Center of Military History, 1980). The Logistics Command also included a log istics management school. The sig nal agency controlled a sig nal group in Saigon, a central base depot, and a s ig nal battalion supporting the Joint General Staff; the sig nal staff section 0 - 6) of the Operations Directorate was responsible o nly for inte rservice communications and general sig nal planning and coordination .
In practice, the Directory ruled South Vietnam. It named its chairman, General Thieu, as chief of state and its • Because the ranks of South Vietnamese generals constantly changed, all South Vietnamese general officers are referred to as "general," and, as noted in Chapter I, given names are used in place of family names . On the organization of the South Vietnamese government and high command in 1965, see Joint Chiefs of Staff, "Southeast Asia Military Fact Book," January 1967, MACV Microfilm files, reel no.
L The name Territorial furces was not adopted officially until much later, but the term is used throughout this work in the interest of clarity. The Territorial Forces, or "territorials," consisted of the Regional furces (formerly the Civil Guard) and the Popular furces (formerly the Self-Defense Corps), but not the People's Self-Defense Force formed in 1968 or the variety of other paramilitary forces. ) There was no agreement on the size and compositio n of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces throughout this early period.
Advice and Support - The Final Years [US Army in Vietnam] by Jeffrey J. Clarke