The War: And Now a Vroom

Snarling engines. Dark goggles. Billowing dust. Hell's Angels in California? No, Viet Nam, where the U.S. military, never tiring in its search for methods to find an elusive enemy, has just added the motorcycle to the hunter's inventory that has, at one time or other, included such exotica as people-sniffing bedbugs, infra-red photography and side-looking radar.

Virtually every day for the past month, one reconnaissance platoon from the U.S. 25th Division has been taking to the countryside near the Cambodian border in a configuration highly unusual for the U.S. Army: four scouts tooling 175cc Hondas, followed by three machine-gun-mounting vehicles to...

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