The War: Period of Adjustment


Viet Nam resembled a huge chess board. Both the allies and Communists reassessed one another's strengths and weaknesses, continued to build up manpower and resupply lines and jockeyed their units into fresh positions. The shifts inevitably touched off some fierce skirmishing, but both sides were, for the most part, waiting to see who would make the first major move. There were signs that, after almost six weeks of near-static defense in which General Giap has enjoyed all the initiative—and subsequently failed to exploit it—the move might well be made by the...

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