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By Guido Rosignoli

ISBN-10: 0713706481

ISBN-13: 9780713706482

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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. A US infantry battalion had 132 radios (plus 180 seldom-used helmetmounted AN/PRT-4 and AN/PRR-9 units for intra-platoon comms).

B7: The “senior superior NCO” grades wore single metal disc insignia: the Thuong Si Nhat (sergeant-major – illustrated) in gold, and the Thuong Si (first sergeant) in silver. B8: Next in seniority were the NCO grades: Trung Si Nhat, senior grade NCO (sergeant first class – illustrated) with 3 silver/white chevrons, and the Trung Si, intermediate grade NCO (staff sergeant), with a single chevron. B9: The Ha Si Nhat, junior grade NCO (sergeant – illustrated) wore one silver/white chevron over two gold/yellow.

Administrative companies 16, 17 air defense battalions 17 airborne battalions 23, D1, 6(28, 45) airborne brigades 16, 23, 24 Airborne Division 6, 11, 16, 17, 18, 21, 21, 22, 23–4, D1–9(28, 45), H1(32, 47), 33, 36, 41, 42, 45, 46 Airborne Group/task forces 16, 24 An Loc, siege of 20, 21, 23 antitank missiles: D2(28, 45), 34 APCs F1(30, 46), 37, 37, 38 Armor Command/School 10, 37 Armor Corps 5, F1–3(30, 46), 36–8 armored brigades 17, 38 armored cars/car troops 36, 37, 38, 39 armored cavalry brigades/groups 12 armored cavalry brigades/groups/regiments/ squadrons 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, F1, 4(30, 46), 37, 38 artillery 4, 9, 15, 16, 17, 35, 36, 36, 39 artillery battalions 9, 13, 15–16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 35, 36, 39 artillery batteries/platoons 17, 35, 36 Artillery Command 11, H2(32, 47) base defense duties/units 34, 36 battalion headquarters companies 17 bazookas 34, 35, 37 Binh Xuyen bandits 8 Border Ranger battalions 17, 33 Cambodia 5, 6, 14, 20, 22, 23, 24 Cao Dai/Hoa Hao religious sects 8, 21, 22 Capital Military District 11, 13, 24 carbines 4, 18, 24, G1(31, 46), 34 casualties/casualty rates 5, 8 Civil Guard/Frontier Guard 19, 38 Civilian Irregular Defense Group 14, 33 Combined Action Battalion program 39 communications battalions 10, 17, 34 company weapons platoons 33, 34, 34 conscription/draft/desertion 40, 41–2 corps (I–IV) 12, 13, 16, 17, 23, 36, 38 corps armored cavalry regiments 12, 37 corps artillery battalions 12, 15, 17, 36 corps engineer battalions/group 12 Corps Tactical Zones (I–IV) 11, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 33, 36, 39 Da Nang 13, 18, 19, 20, 33 Demilitarized Zone 5, 13, 17, 18, 19, 38 Democratic Republic of Vietnam 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 15 Diem, President 7, 9, 10, 11, 19, 21, 24 district/province chiefs 12, 13, 38, 39 dog/name tags/tapes 12, E2(29, 45–6), 43 Easter Offensive (1972) 19, 42 electronic warfare detachments 16 engineer battalions/companies/groups 13, 15, 16, 17, 23, 40 ethnic minority groups/units 19, 23, 41 field divisions 9, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21 forward command posts 18 French forces (CEFEO) 3, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 9, 23, A1–3(25, 43–4), D1(28, 45) 48 General Reserve units 5, 11, 13, 17, 33 grenade-launchers/grenades/grenadiers 16, 17, A1(25, 43), C1(27, 44–5), G1–2(31, 46–7), 34, 35, 41 headquarters companies/squadrons 16, 17, 33, 34, 37 headwear 7, 12, 21, 22, A1–2(25, 43), B1–2(26,44), C1–2(27, 44–5), D1(28, 45), E1–2(29, 45), F1(30, 46), G3(31, 47), H1–3(32, 47), 35, 41 independent infantry regiments 14, 16, 18, 21, 22, 23 infantry battalions/companies 15, 16–17, 18, 19, 24, 33, 34 infantry divisions 12, 14–24, 19, 21, B2(26, 44), 31, 35–6, 37, 38, 39 infantry regiments 14, 15–17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 34, 39 infantry squad leaders B2(26, 44) intelligence companies/sections 10, 15 Joint General Staff 10–11, 12, 13, 23, H1(32, 47), 37 Laos 5, 6, 18 L’Armée Nationale Vietnamienne (ANV) 6, 7–8, 8, 9, 18, 20, 23, A1–3(25, 43–4) light divisions 9, 12–13, 15, 16, 21, 22 light mobile strike forces 15 long-range (recon) patrol units 16, 24 MAAG 8, 10, 15 machine gunners/guns 3, 15, A2(25, 43), E1(29, 45), 33, 34, 34 35, 37, 41 Marine Brigade/Group 16 Marine Division 6, 11, 16, 17, 18, 21, 41 mechanized battle groups/platoons 37–8, 39 mechanized rifle companies/sqns 37, 38 medical battalions 16, 17, 23 medical companies/platoons 15, 16, 34 Mekong Delta 5, 13, 19, 19, 20, 21, 22 Military Police 16, 17, H3(32, 47), 40 Military Regions (I–V) 10, 12–13, 15, 19, 20, 24, 33, 39 morale/motivation 4, 5, 16, 21, 41 mortar battalions/platoons 16, 34, 36, 39 mortar gunners/sections 15, 34 mortars 9, 15, 15, 16, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38 National Police Field Force G3, 7(31, 47), 34, 47 Nung (ethnic Chinese) troops 19 O’Daniel, LtGen John W.

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