North Viet Nam: Wanted: A New Commissar

General William Westmoreland's Communist equivalent, General Nguyen Chi Thanh, 51, commander for Hanoi of all North Vietnamese and Viet Cong political and military activity in South Viet Nam, died last week of a heart attack, said Radio Hanoi. A stocky, dour, pro-Chinese Annamese, Thanh directed the war for the most part from a redoubt in Tay Ninh province near the Cambodian border, operating under the pseudonyms of Ann Sau and Sau Di.

Educated in Hue, he started his career as a teacher, acquiring skills that he put to work when he joined the...

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