Army of the Republic of Vietnam 1955-75 Paperback – Jun 22 2010
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"A brief but thorough history of the First National Army of Vietnam from its original colonial structure implemented by the French and its re-organization of the Vietnam forces. The author includes a comprehensive analysis of the experiences of the typical soldier and officer corps that is often ignored or forgotten [and] provides a detailed history of command structure and order of battle." -www.mataka.org (November 2010)
"... an interesting, concise and in-depth history of an army that has been relatively neglected in the wake of the Vietnam War." -Toy Soldier & Model Figure (May 2011)
About the Author
Gordon L. Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a Special Operations Forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas. The author lives in Cyprus, Texas.
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The plates are good as Osprey's plates always are, and the pictures are marvellous and rare. There are boxes with the Vietnamese terms translated to English, and one of those has the Vietnamese phonetic alphabet. Rottman also compares the capabilities of US and ARVN units, showing their numbers and equipments. A very good book. The author should make a Warrior title about the ARVN, just like he did about the NVA.
As the author states, in page 42:
"If provided with effective leaders and adequate fire support, ARVN soldiers were as good as any in Asia. They were generally well equiped, and were particularly effective when US artillery and air support was available. The ARVN soldier demonstrated his qualities well during the costly 1968 Tet Counter-Offensive, and the defeat of the 1972 NVA Easter Offensive in the northern provinces; sadly, he was all too often failed by his higher command and by the politicians he fought for."