VIET NAM: Fighting for the Leopard Spots

With good reason, some gloomy citizens in Saigon are by now convinced that the war in South Viet Nam will never end. Last week fighting between Communist and government troops reached its greatest intensity since the ineffective ceasefire, signed nearly two years ago. By week's end the South Vietnamese army (ARVN) had suffered 706 killed and 2,758 wounded; Saigon officials claim to have killed more than 3,600 of their enemies.

Most of the fighting was centered in the heavily populated and agriculturally rich Mekong River Delta area, known as Military Region IV. The...

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