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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (June 22 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849081816
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849081818
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 0.5 x 24.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #586,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 2 2012
Format: Paperback
First off, let me say that this was my first Osprey title downloaded to my iPad and the conversion was wonderful. Text, graphics, photos all worked well so I did not miss the print version. In terms of the book's content, I was expecting more of a treatise on the role, successes and failings of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. This ended up constituting a very small portion of the book. The vast majority was given to sterile command structure and organizational biographies which did little to explain the Army's wartime contribution. This leaves an opportunity for a gifted historian to write more of a narrative on the Republic of Vietnam's military forces...ideally in the style of an Antony Beevor or Rick Atkinson.
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Excellent but brief survey Oct. 23 2010
By Christopher J. Weeks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Within the tight confines of the Osprey Men-at-Arms format, Gordon Rottman does an excellent job as usual. This is not a comprehensive survey of the history, organization and uniforms of the ARVN, but a very good overview and introduction. It's also much more affordable and easily-available than some of the more detailed books on uniforms and insignia. A great place to start for the interested reader. Excellent color plates and photos as well. One of the better Osprey titles on post-World War II, and on smaller armed forces.
Item condition & price. June 2 2013
By FX BENNY SETYABUDI - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I received the item perfectly. The price is quite competitive. Except the shipping and handling fee is high. I hope amazon could revise it in order for us to get more cheaper. At least the high rate of shipping and handling fee is one of buyer consideration to buy things from amazon. This is somehow one of my friend tell it so and advise me to reconsider the shipping and handling fee if I want to buy things from amazon.
Gordon L. Rottman strikes again Dec 13 2012
By Filipe amaral - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the first book on the ARVN I bought, it is so good that I bought the books 'Angels in Red Hats', 'Vietnam Airborne' and 'Vietnam Marines 1965-1973' to learn more about these brave little soldiers. As usual, Americans blame all its failures in Vietnam on their allies - which had few opportunities to defend themselves from these charges. This is the book for the uninitiated reader who does not know the ARVN. As always, Gordon L. Rottman writes for all types of readers and is always very clear in his narrative. I loved the book and I became a fan of the armed forces of South Vietnam.

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."
Spare on Actual History or Analysis March 2 2012
By Jeffrey Swystun - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
First off, let me say that this was my first Osprey title downloaded to my iPad and the conversion was wonderful. Text, graphics, photos all worked well so I did not miss the print version. In terms of the book's content, I was expecting more of a treatise on the role, successes and failings of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. This ended up constituting a very small portion of the book. The vast majority was given to sterile command structure and organizational biographies which did little to explain the Army's wartime contribution. This leaves an opportunity for a gifted historian to write more of a narrative on the Republic of Vietnam's military forces...ideally in the style of an Antony Beevor or Rick Atkinson.
1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM 1955-1975 Sept. 29 2010
By Robert A. Lynn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM 1955-1975
GORDON L. ROTTMAN
OSPREY PUBLISHING, 2010
QUALITY SOFTCOVER, $17.95, 48 PAGES, ILLUSTRATIONS, PHOTOGRAPHS

Military historians write military history books and articles, but Gordon L. Rottman isn't a military historian. Authors write books about military history and military affairs based upon their research and/or personal experience, but Gordon L. Rottman isn't an author; he is a technical writer. What he does is take the original works of military historians and authors (such as Captain Shelby L. Stanton, U.S. Army Special Forces Retired and U.S. Army Command Historian Leo J. Daugherty III), collate their information, and produce a "new" book for Osprey. Since Osprey doesn't footnote Rottman's work, virtually none of the titles written by Rottman can be relied upon by researchers, scholars, or military historians. Osprey uses some very expert authors for their various series, but Gordon L. Rottman isn't one of them. A good author can make a subject come alive. The reader can see what is on the written page in their mind's eye. The reader can envision the actions described on the written page, can hear the accompanying sounds, can smell the smoke and the cordite et al. As a technical writer, Rottman does none of these. His work does sometime rise to the level of second rate, but not very often. Lacking personal expertise, with rare exception, in the subjects on which he writes, he can't add to the material with which he is working. Further, he lacks the ability to connect the dots. This Osprey publication exemplifies that problem. In several places in the book, Rottman repeats the fact that the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) never achieved a sense of, for want of a better term, "nationalism". He cites this as a deficiency in the ARVN and its leadership. In point of fact, Vietnam never became a single country until 1975. Rottman appears totally unaware of the fact that the two Vietnams were artificially created out of three separate kingdoms in 1954. Three separate kingdoms with different dialects, history, customs, heritage, and traditions. Coming into existence in 1954 and over-run in a mechanized invasion by North Vietnam in 1975, the Republic of Vietnam (RVN) existed for less then 21 years....two decades. When the RVN came into existence, there was no national infrastructure of any kind, no sense of national identity, no government above the village level, and it needed to develop all of this while under attack from the North. Rottman even gets it wrong when it comes to the political and military threat from within the country itself by the agency of the North Vietnamese government directing these activities within the Republic of Vietnam-Group 559. The bibliography for this Osprey publication cites six books. The available books, articles, and studies, number in the thousands. Obviously Rottman, only needed enough reference material to meet the requirements of his editor. As a technical writer, Rottman notes the odd little details, which add so much to the fictional works of mystery writers. Or, to the books of adventure writers, such as Tom Clancy, who provide a wealth of technical details but have no true comprehension of the operational arts they are writing about. Rottman does a wonderful job of identifying a holster in this photograph or a particular insignia in that photograph, but he has no ability to convey the essence of the "fog of war" that surrounds his subject. The fine organizational lines he describes may exist on paper, but they didn't necessarily occur down at the rice paddy level. The "fog of war" is within the realm of the "author", not of the technical writer. Osprey has now published a history of the ARVN. Osprey deserved better. So do the book buyers who rely upon Osprey's reputation.

Lt. Colonel Robert A. Lynn, Florida Guard
Orlando, Florida


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