A Letter From The Publisher, May 15, 1972

WHEN Correspondent Don Neff arrived in Viet Nam for the first time eight years ago, a favorite topic of conversation was the primitive state of Communist equipment. "There was even a story going around," he recalls, "that the V.C. had a new antiaircraft weapon: a catapult that shot ten-foot arrows." Back for his fourth tour of duty last week, Neff loitered over besieged An Loc in a light U.S. reconnaissance plane knowing that the Communists now have sophisticated Soviet antiaircraft guns as well as modern tanks.

If the weaponry and strategy had changed, many...

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