South Viet Nam: And Now, Civil War

It was the last determined gamble of Saigon's government to reassert its authority. Premier Nguyen Cao Ky was striking directly at rebellious elements in his own army and indirectly at the militant Buddhists. The clash began with the lightning predawn "invasion" of rebellious Danang by Vietnamese marines loyal to Premier Ky. Soon all the sound and fury of incipient civil war had enveloped the crucial northern base town: the clank of tank treads, the rattle of sniper fire, the sodden plop of tear-gas grenades, the sudden sky-shaking roar of strafing aircraft. Danang's...

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