The Vietnam War : The Military Arm Of The National Liberation Front

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The Vietnam War was one of the toughest wars that American forces ever fought in. The conflict took place in Southeast Asia, amongst the dense jungles and high mountains of Vietnam, between communist North Vietnam and their allies in China, North Korea, and the Soviet Union, and the democratic nations of South Vietnam and the United States. What made the war tough was the fact that not only were soldiers fighting in an unknown land many thousands of miles away from home, but they were also fighting an invisible enemy. This adversary hid amongst the people of South Vietnam and even under the ground, and they were known as the Viet Cong. This group of powerful, yet inexperienced guerilla fighters supporting the communist North Vietnamese regime succeeded in their missions of wreaking havoc on American forces and reunifying Vietnam, and has inspired many other rebel groups across the world to this day. The Viet Cong, which is a shortened name for “Viet Nam Cong San” or “Vietnam Communists,” was the military arm of the National Liberation Front (NLF), an organization opposed to the Diem regime of South Vietnam (“The Vietcong”). The Viet Cong used guerilla tactics to fight against both South Vietnamese and American forces in the region, and their actions generally occurred with the support of the North Vietnamese Army (NVA). They were mainly composed of local, South Vietnamese villagers with little or no training in combat. These people were either forced into service…

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