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Secrets of the Ho Chi Minh Trail
North Vietnamese Army (NVA) Operational and Logistics Art
415 pages; 20 chapters and 2 appendixes
The Ho Chi Minh Trail System was more than a “trail through
the jungle.” It was a complex network of roadways, bases,
fortified war zones and maneuver areas constituting the
circulatory and nervous systems of the communist effort in
Indochina. Any Ho Chi Minh Trail map will verify that it dominated the Vietnam War. Discover new evidence and analysis
about the Vietnam War’s Indochinese amphitheater of war. Learn the interrelated military and geopolitical characteristics
of the trails inter-related military regions, war zones and battle areas fought over in 1965-68 in Secrets of the Ho Chi
Minh Trail. Get fascinating insights into how the victorious North Vietnamese Army depended upon the Ho Chi Minh Trail
System as an integral part of its war-making effort. Review the stunning number of communist base areas that overlapped
the real estate of Cambodia, Laos and South Vietnam. Learn why the US military in Vietnam and Thailand avoided striking
those sanctuaries, however indirectly. Be introduced to the “Rio Grande Syndrome” that made the red sanctuaries inviolate.
The North Vietnamese Army communists depended upon a vast network of infiltration routes, which crisscrossed South
Vietnam in every direction. Many of the infiltration routes were wide roadways, easily detected and interdicted. Yet American
airpower, conventional ground units, Special Forces, and the Special Operations Group (SOG) failed to interdict those North
Vietnamese Army sanctuaries and routes of conquest... for some very surprising reasons; as revealed in Secrets of the
Ho Chi Minh Trail. Eighty communist-controlled war zones dotted the South Vietnamese landscape forming a
veritable military archipelago, encompassing hundreds of thousands of square miles. Large enemy units could always be
found within those major war zones, outposts of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Discover why US operations like Cedar Falls and
Junction City, and other factors, convinced the US military to avoid the red archipelago within South Vietnam. In three-
fourths of the allied corps areas of South Vietnam, the Chu Luc taunted American infantry with heavily fortified village
strongholds near US bases. Learn the truth about the importance of those strongholds and allied reluctance to attack them in
Secrets of the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
“The North Vietnamese Army’s victory in the Vietnam War depended upon a central nervous system of command,
control, replenishment and reinforcement, the Ho Chi Minh Trail. "It was...a sort of circulatory system with its heart
near Vinh, North Vietnam, from which major arteries flowed west across the mountains into Laos, then southward
parallel to South Vietnam. Through those arteries truck convoys flowed southward, them eastward along major roads
that formed infiltration corridors...As they neared the border, the roads splintered into a maze of high-speed bicycle
and foot trails, that, like capillaries, carried supplies and troops invisibly to the battlefields of South Vietnam." That
unique nervous system was simultaneously an assault platform and a moving fortified zone system. Amazingly, it was
also a geographical entity.
Although the most important factor of the Vietnam War was clearly a geographical entity, easily observed throughout
Indochina, most American diplomatic, intelligence and military personnel who were stationed in the Indochina theater of
war for years, never understood the Ho Chi Minh Trail or even began to gauge its significance. They were mystified
and frightened by it. No concerted effort was ever made to accurately map the Ho Chi Minh Trail and the huge
communist base areas along it either. Ignorance of the Vietnam War's primary aspect ultimately caused the allies to
lose the war. Other Americans, deceitful leftist who have always wanted the United States to fall to leftist-racist
totalitarianism, knew the importance of the Ho Chi Minh Trail to America’s enemies and shaped events to protect that
communist lifeline from any major sustained incursion.
There was only one American weapon that seemed to cause long-term damage to the trail, the B-52 bomber dropping
500-pound bombs. Such bombs blasted away the heavy jungle and exposed the Ho Chi Minh Trail's roads and paths.
The level of destruction they caused was so immense that it was very difficult to re-camouflage such devastation, and
so the trail ran openly before the eyes of the American leadership who shrugged off the aerial photographs.”
Excerpt from Secrets of the Ho Chi Minh Trail
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