South Viet Nam: The Face of the Enemy

The rainy season was over. Under clear skies and sharp sunlight, the Communist Viet Cong guerrillas last week prepared the major offensive that they hope will topple the unsteady regime of President Ngo Dinh Diem.

In a running fight along the canals of Ba Xuyen province, army patrols killed six Viet Cong guerrillas, and in similar incidents, South Vietnamese often gathered to stare curiously at the dead guerrillas. In the coastal jungles of Phu Yen province, the Viet Cong ambushed and wiped out 40 civil guards. A rickety train chugging up from Saigon to Nhatrang was derailed; in the confusion seven...

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