South Viet Nam: The Odds of March

Battle statistics in South Viet Nam's war against the elusive Communist Viet Cong are often as illusory as the enemy—but there is always a whiff of truth in numbers. Last week it was a faint whiff of success for Saigon's government, compounded of cordite and napalm, corpses and canal water.

In two major actions, government forces killed at least 475 Viet Cong "hardcore" regulars while losing only 50 troops of their own. Communist losses for March were 1,625 v. 730 dead on the Saigon side. More important, the government won 13 of 18...

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