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The fall of South Vietnam [electronic resource] : statements by Vietnamese military and civilian leaders / Stephen T. Hosmer, Konrad Kellen, Brian M. Jenkins.

; Kellen, Konrad ; Jenkins, Brian Michael ; Rand Corporation ; United States. Dept. of Defense. Historical Office
Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 1978.
ISBN 0833000454

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George Washington
GW: Electronic Book
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DS557.7 .H68 Available Request
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DS557.7 .H68; 1978 Available Request
AS36 .R3 R-2208 DS557.7
Other Authors Jenkins, Brian Michael.
Kellen, Konrad.
United States. Dept. of Defense. Historical Office.
Rand Corporation.
Subjects Military planning.
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975.
Description Text (HTML/PDF: xviii, 131 p.)
Notes "December 1978."
Also published in print.
Summary A summary of extensive oral and written statements by twenty-seven former high-ranking South Vietnamese military officers and civilians on their perceptions of the causes of the collapse of South Vietnam in 1975. The causes cited were many and interwoven--shortcomings in South Vietnam's political and military leadership, planning, and organization--but all were tied to what the interviewees saw as the overarching cause for the collapse: the American role in Vietnam. They viewed the withdrawal of American troops, the loss of U.S. manpower, and the reduction of aid after the Paris Agreements as making defeat inevitable. Other factors included irresolution and reversals of strategy by Vietnamese leaders, and failure of commanders to stay with their units in battle. Finally, some of the respondents saw the events as part of the fundamental struggle between East and West, in which Communism, in their view, had the advantage. Most seem to agree on one point--that the U.S.-South Vietnamese interaction was largely a failure.
Funding Sponsors Office of Secretary of Defense. MDA903-76-C-0209. RCN 7668
System Requirements Mode of access: Internet.
Geographic Area Vietnam
Network Numbers (CStmoR)RAND/R-2208-OSD (HIST)
(Sirsi) a187734


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