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WHY DID THE VIETCONG
USE GUERRILLA TACTICS?
Historically, this is how the Vietnamese resisted invaders
It worked on removing the French forces
The US were too well armed for them to go out into the open
The jungle hid their movement…read more

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WHY DID THE AMERICANS LOSE
AGAINST THE VIETCONG?
Main points:
1. Guerrilla tactics used by the Vietcong
2. The North Vietnamese conducted a `Peoples War'
3. They underestimated the Vietcong
4. They were fighting a war 8,000 miles away from home
5. Very low morale
6. The skill and resourcefulness of the Vietcong
7. Vietcong knowledge of their land
8. Assistance from China and the USSR
9. American troops were not used to the Vietnam landscape and tactics, and had
been trained for face to face combat when the Vietcong did the exact opposite…read more

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GUERRILLA TACTICS
Retreat when the enemy attacks
Raid when the enemy sleeps
Attack when the enemy tires
Pursue when the enemy retreats…read more

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GUERRILLA TACTICS
No uniforms
No base camps or headquarters
Hard to tell from peasants in nearby villages
Disappeared into Jungles, Villages and Tunnels
Wearing down of the US soldiers
Aimed at wrecking US moral, they wore in constant fear of
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