By Graham A. Cosmas
CMH 91-7-1. usa military in Vietnam. 2d of 2 volumes that research the Vietnam clash from the point of view of the theater commander and his headquarters. strains the tale of the army tips Command, Vietnam (MACV), from the Communist Tet offensive of early 1968 during the disestablishment of MACV in March 1973. bargains with theater-level command relationships, approach, and operations.
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Gradually and secretly, the Communists disseminated orders down their chain of command and initiated local attack planning. Viet Cong units, often as yet unaware of the purpose of their efforts, clandestinely stockpiled supplies near South Vietnam’s cities and prepared for their urban attack missions. Party cadres assembled lists of government officials and supporters to be killed and kidnapped, as well as lists of members of the prospective revolutionary town and province administrations. During the fall, main force regiments engaged allied forces in a series of unusually prolonged battles at Con Thien on the Demilitarized Zone and Song Be, Loc Ninh, and Dak To on the western edges of II and III Corps.
The Air Force commander insisted that he should conduct the allocation and mission tasking of all fixed-wing aircraft in the theater, including those of the marines. On their part, the The Command and the War, January 1968 C H I N A Lao Cai C R e d Bl BURMA ac k H I N A R Lang Son R Dien Bien Phu HANOI Haiphong Mekong R N O R T H V I E T N A M Luang Prabang L A O S G U L F H A I N A N O F Vinh T O N K I N VIENTIANE Dong Hoi Udon Thani (Udorn) D E M A R C AT I O N L I N E Quang Tri T H A I L A N Savannakhet D Hue Da Nang I CTZ Paksé Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat) Kontum Pleiku BANGKOK C A M B O D I A Qui Nhon II CTZ Tonle Sap ng R M G U L F eko Ban Me Thuot Kratie Snuol Loc Ninh O F PHNOM PENH T H A I L A N D Svay Rieng III CTZ Phu Quoc INDOCHINA S O U T H V I E T N A M SAIGON Sihanoukville Can Tho S O U T H IV CTZ C H I N A S E A 1968 0 Da Lat 150 Con Son Miles Map 1 MACV: The Years of Withdrawal, 1968–1973 marines jealously guarded the integrity of their air-ground team and claimed first call on their fighters and bombers.
These weapons made Communist main force battalions approximately equal in organic firepower to This controversy is recounted in Cosmas, Years of Escalation, 1962–1967, ch. 13. -made World War II–era rifles. American artillery, strategic and tactical bombers, and helicopter gunships usually rectified this imbalance, but the enemy’s arsenal also included some heavy weapons—most notably, rockets of up to 140-mm. and mortars of up to 160-mm. In northern I Corps, North Vietnamese troops had the support of heavy caliber guns and howitzers emplaced just across the Demilitarized Zone and in Laos.