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301 Notes Abbreviations AAR after-action report CAAR combat after-action report CICV Combined Intelligence Center–Vietnam CMH US Army Center of Military History, Fort McNair, Washington, DC CORDS Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support COSVN Central Office for South Vietnam, Vietnamese Workers (Communist) Party CTZ Corps Tactical Zone DTIC Defense Technical Information Center I FFV I Field Force Vietnam HES Hamlet Evaluation System HQ headquarters HRB Historical Records Branch MACV Military Assistance Command–Vietnam MAT Mobile Advisory Team NARG National Archives Records Group OPORD Operation Order ORLL Operational Report on Lessons Learned PERINTREP Periodic Intelligence Report PSG Pacification Studies Group RVN Republic of Vietnam RVNAF Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Saunders Papers John W. Saunders, Private Research Collection SEAB Southeast Asia Branch USAHEC US Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle, PA VNIT Vietnam Interview Tapes VSSG Vietnam Special Studies Group Introduction: Verlorene Siege 1. Mark Moyar, Phoenix and the Birds of Prey: Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism in Vietnam (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007), 312. 2. Lewis Sorley, A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America’s Last Years in Vietnam (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1999), 217. 302 Notes to Pages 4–5 3. Mark Moyar, Donald Kagan, and Frederick Kagan, A Question of Command: Counterinsurgency from the Civil War to Iraq (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2009), 163. 4. Sorley, A Better War, 218–219. 5. Moyar et al., A Question of Command, 161. 6. Ibid., 162. 7. The other two were turning against Ngo Dinh Diem and fighting an “American -style” war that focused on military rather than political objectives. 8. William Colby and James McCargar, Lost Victory: A Firsthand Account of America’s Sixteen-Year Involvement in Vietnam (New York: Contemporary Books, 1989), 363–364. 9. Sorley, A Better War, 382. 10. Jeffrey P. Kimball, “The Stab-in-the-Back Legend and the Vietnam War,” Armed Forces and Society 14, 3 (Spring 1988): 433–458. 11. Harvey Meyerson, Vinh Long (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1970), xii. 12. VSSG, The Situation in the Countryside, 10 January 1970, 98, John Vann Papers, USAHEC. 13. Status of Pacification Reports—National 1969, 26 September 1969, 1, safe 53, drawer 3, SEAB, CMH. 14. George L. MacGarrigle, Combat Operations: Taking the Offensive, October 1966 to October 1967, the United States Army in Vietnam (Washington, DC: US Army Center of Military History, 1998), 8. 15. See, for example, interview with Col. Jared C. Bates, 3 May 1985, 28, Senior Officer Oral History Program, Company Command in Vietnam series, USAHEC. Chapter One. The “Pacified” Province 1. Ronald J. Cima, ed., Vietnam: A Country Study (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1987). 2. Nguyen Nhac and Nguyen Hue were not related to the Nguyen warlords. That surname is the most common in Vietnam and is shared by about 40 percent of the population. 3. Cima, Vietnam. 4. Keith W. Taylor, A History of the Vietnamese (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 365–393. 5. Bernard B. Fall, Hell in a Very Small Place: The Siege of Dien Bien Phu (Philadelphia : J. B. Lippincott, 1966), 46; PSG, Binh Dinh: The Challenge—1971, annex K, A Short History of Binh Dinh Province, 2, Saunders Papers. 6. Roger Trinquier, Le Premier Battalion de Berets Rouges: Indochine, 1947–1949 (Paris: Editions Plon, 1984), 209–218. 7. Charles W. E. Koburger Jr., The French Navy in Indochina: Riverine and Coastal Forces, 1945–1954 (New York: Praeger, 1991), 73–74. 8. Ibid., 73–79; Fall, Hell in a Very Small Place, 46–47; Phillip B. Davidson, Vietnam at War: The History, 1946–1975 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1988), Notes to Pages 6–20 303 204–213; Michel Grintchenko, Atlante-Arethuse: Une Operation de Pacification en Indochine (Paris: Economica, 2001). 9. Fall, Hell in a Very Small Place, 47. 10. PSG, Binh Dinh: The Challenge—1971, annex K, 2. 11. Douglas Pike, Binh Dinh: The Anatomy of a Province, October 1972, 6, 29, Province Reports II CTZ—Binh Dinh/Kontum box, SEAB, CMH. 12. Douglas Pike, Vietcong: The Organization and Techniques of the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1966), 78–91; Col. Walter F. Choinski, Republic of Vietnam: Country Study (US Department of Defense , Military Assistance Institute/American Institutes for Research, 1965), 85; PSG, Binh Dinh: The Challenge—1971, annex K, 2. 13. Merle L. Pribbenow, trans., Victory in Vietnam: The Official History of the People’s Army of Vietnam, 1954–1975 (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2002), 17; Wilfred Burchett, Vietnam: Inside Story of...


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