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Osprey's study of the Viet Cong fighters of the Vietnam War (1955-1975). An enemy in the shadows, the Viet Cong was the military arm of the National Liberation Front, the Communist Party of the Republic of Vietnam. Often generally thought of as local guerrillas, they were also an important part of the North Vietnamese Army regular cadres.

Packed with emotive and rare photographs, this book not only analyzes the skills and tactics of these fascinating fighters, but also takes a look at their social origins to interpret how this affected their behavior as warriors.

Gordon L Rottman discusses the Viet Cong's recruitment and initial training, their unique motivation, their extensive political and psychological indoctrination, and their distinct equipment and weaponry, to provide a compelling and balanced account of these legendary guerrilla fighters.

Table of Contents

Introduction · Chronology · Organization · Recruitment · Training · Appearance · Weapons and Equipment · Equipment · Conditions of Service · Belief and Belonging · Experience in Battle · Aftermath of Battle · Collections, Museums, and Reenactment · Bibliography · Color Plate Commentary · Index

Product details

Published May 22 2007
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781846031267
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 27 b/w; 5 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Warrior
Short code WAR 116
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Gordon L. Rottman

Gordon L. Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, v…


Howard Gerrard


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