North Vietnamese Army Soldier 1958–75

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Oct 20, 2012 - History - 64 pages
Commonly mistaken for the locally raised Viet Cong, the NVA was an entirely different force, conducting large-scale operations in a conventional war. Despite limited armour, artillery and air support, the NVA were an extremely politicized and professional force with strict control measures and leadership concepts. Gordon Rottman follows the fascinating life of the highly motivated infantryman from conscription and induction through training to real combat experiences. Covering the evolution of the forces from 1958 onwards, this book takes an in-depth look at the civilian and military lives of the soldiers, whilst accompanying artwork details the uniforms, weapons and equipment used by the NVA in their clash against America and her allies.
 

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A good primer on the North Vietnamese Army during the Vietnam War. The thing I liked best about the book is that it gave a real feel for how different service was with the NVA compared to the other Armies involved in the war, including the Viet Cong. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
4
CHRONOLOGY
7
ORGANIZATION
9
RECRUITMENT
13
TRAINING
18
APPEARANCE
20
WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT
26
CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
36
BELIEF AND BELONGING
43
EXPERIENCE OF BATTLE
47
THE AFTERMATH OF BATTLE
60
COLLECTIONS MUSEUMS AND REENACTMENT
62
BIBLIOGRAPHY
63
INDEX
64
IMPRINT
66
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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.

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