Southeast Asia: Bandits to Battalions

The nasty guerrilla conflict in South Viet Nam is beginning to look more and more like a full-scale conventional war. Ominously, the Communist Viet Cong are often forsaking the shadowy, hit-run tactics they have heretofore used in favor of challenging the government in set-piece battles. In the past fortnight alone, the Reds have mounted battalion-strength attacks in Tayninh and Kienhoa provinces, as well as the Delta village of Goden. Last week, in Chuong Thien province, they unleashed their biggest assault so far.

Refusing to Fade. Surging out of the forest, 1,000 Red troops overran Kienlong in the guerrilla-controlled Camau Peninsula...

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