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Describe the military tactics used by both the USA and the Vietcong forces in Vietnam in the 1960s?

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Vietnam question 2 Describe the military tactics used by both the USA and the Vietcong forces in Vietnam in the 1960s? The 1st major action of the Vietnam War was operation-rolling thunder in 1965. This was the first time America put all their efforts into trying to beat the Vietcong and the NFL (national liberation front). Operation rolling thunder was a bombing campaign over the north of Vietnam, however this turned out to be a failure. It was a failure because it was supposed to last eight weeks but lasted over 3 and a half years. They were spending a lot of money on the bombs, which were only getting dropped into the Vietnamese forests so the bombing would have had little effect on the Vietnamese people. And in march 1965 president Johnson started to send combat troops to fight the NLF. This started off America's main war with Vietnam. ...read more.


But because operation rolling thunder and search and destroy turned out to more of a failures than successes. They wanted to kill as many as they could but they hadn't killed a lot, so the US often exadurated on the number of gooks or charlies that had been killed. One of the biggest problems the US faced was the dense jungle. This was because it was raining most of the time and also because the Vietcong used the jungle to hide, to set booby traps and to build tunnel. They built tunnels so that the Vietcong snipers could shoot the US easily. However to try and prevent failing due to the jungles the US used agent orange and agent blue to destroy the vegetation and make the Vietcong sick and weak. The US used b-52 bomber planes, these planes would drop cluster bombs on Charlie positions, and then the bombs would burst into about a dozen of small bombs. ...read more.


This mine was a stepped on by a US soldier, then it would be flung up about 1 meter into the air then it exploded in front of the soldier. It was designed to explode at the same height as a males genitals which it did, the Vietcong thought that if the US want their soldiers to survive they might as well have half of them surviving. One other Vietcong tactic was bobby trap these were designed for the careless soldiers. The Vietcong would put stakes made from bamboo into the ground and then a careless US soldier would walk along the ground and fall into one cutting them or their legs into pieces. In 1968 the Vietcong began the Tet offensive. The Tet offensive was the Vietcong's surprise attack on the US. It began in January 1968, and lasted many months. This had marked a major change of tactics by North Vietnam, the Vietcong had swapped guerrilla warfare for an all out assault on the soldier, and also the Tet offensive was an urban war and not a jungle war. Bethan langdon History Vietnam question 2 ...read more.

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