War: Making an Army

With the Communists held in check in north Indo-China, the main problem facing General Jean de Lattre de Tassigny is the building of a native Viet Nam army. His aim is a force of 120,000 to take over the main burden of defense.

Last week, in the four military regions of Viet Nam (pop. 22,600,000), training was in progress. Each region has undertaken to raise one full division—a total of 34 battalions. Equipment is mostly French and Japanese; only eight battalions have

U.S. arms, transport and communications equipment. In the ancient walled city of Hue in central Viet Nam, a TIME correspondent last...

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