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Ho Chi Minh Trail and the North Vietnamese Army
Twilight Zone: Defeating the North Vietnamese Army
The Ho Chi Minh Trail Campaign (A Training Course With Real Data)
© 2002
351 pages; 19 chapters, 10 appendixes, and 1 special report
The Ho Chi Minh Trail was the North Vietnamese Army’s lifeline
during the First and Second Indochina War. Twilight Zone: Defeating
the North Vietnamese Army
discusses how that deep enemy
sanctuary zone could have been easily invaded and dominated by
infantry forces, armored forces, or a combination of the two. The notional
scenarios spelled out in
Twilight Zone: Defeating the North
Vietnamese Army
are important because they are realistic and
describe how the war could have been won along the
Ho Chi Minh
. In addition, all the operations described could have been carried
out with the forces available to the US, South Vietnam and their Third
Nation allies, during the war. Among the many warfighting aspects
discussed in
Twilight Zone: Defeating the North Vietnamese Army
are: US military opposition to interdicting the
Ho Chi Minh Trail;
incompetent US generals adverse to confronting the
North Vietnamese
sanctuaries; fighting against the red war zones; attacking the
infiltration routes; and luring the
North Vietnamese Army into deep
killing grounds.
Review Table of Contents
“The integration of battle Front and battleground depth was a purposeful Chu Luc (North Vietnamese Army) strategic
design. Since the communists stationed forces within each corps zone within South Vietnam while retaining even stronger
forces at the periphery of each corps zone too, their strategic dispositions always forced their enemy onto the horns of a
dilemma.  Forces, which were mobile within a specific region, could mass and maneuver rapidly. Forces moving from
border zones towards the interior of South Vietnam, could be counted upon to attract attention and force an enemy, who
had already relinquished the initiative, to react. The optional permutations of these two factors could be manipulated
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Hanoi usually synchronized its offensives to prevent any major concentration of allied ground power. They meant to defeat
allied forces in detail by denying them the option of moving units from one region to another as reinforcements.
By poising major North Vietnamese Army forces within strategic war zones threatening to allied command centers, the
communists forced allied commanders to always hold back part of their forces in superfluous defensive positions. For
example, the Que Son War Zone south of DaNang tied down over twenty US marine combat battalions in defensive
positions in front of DaNang. Marine timidity and confusion was caused by their failure to grasp the prime principles of
maneuver war. When that confusion was coupled with perception of an obvious threat deployed close-in, paralysis
occurred. That marine command-paralysis effectively nullified the offensive potential of an allied force equivalent to seven
NVA mini-divisions which was "pinned down" by a few constantly maneuvering NVA battalions.”
Ho Chi Minh Trail and war with the North Vietnamese Army