The War: Border Troubles

Before the U.S. buildup in Viet Nam was completed, the basic Communist strategy was hit-and-hide. But hiding is no longer enough; so wide-ranging is Allied surveillance and so swift U.S. response with air strikes, artillery and helilifted soldiers that few safe spots remain to the Communists in South Viet Nam. As a result, Hanoi's new commander in the field, Lieut. General Hoang Van Thai, has been forced to adopt a different strategy. U.S. analysts in Saigon have dubbed it the strategy of the periphery. In plain terms, it is hit-and-run for the nearest...

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