INDO-CHINA: American Style

INDOCHINA

In Indo-China, at last something was stirring. The Americans had long advocated it; the French, though skeptical, were about ready to let the Americans try it. The plan: U.S. Army instructors would train a big, new Vietnamese army, starting some time this summer, as they had once trained the South Koreans and the Greeks. The objective: five new Vietnamese divisions ready for action this year; four more Vietnamese, one Laotian and three Cambodian divisions ready by mid-1955.

Uncertain Performance. There were already 420,000 Vietnamese under arms—230,000 with the Vietnamese National Army,...

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