World: The Enemy's New Weapons

A main reason for the Communists' stronger military position in South Viet Nam is the fact that in recent months they have been receiving more powerful weapons in vastly increased numbers. Instead of the old-fashioned rifles and homemade mortars of a few years ago, the Communists—both Viet Cong and North Vietnamese regulars—are now equipped with increasingly sophisticated and effective weapons, particularly long-range rockets. Their introduction has drastically changed the strategic situation and presented the U.S. and the South Vietnamese with a new and troublesome factor.

The new weapons have a far greater range...

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