Armored Combat in Vietnam by Donn A. Starry

By Donn A. Starry

ISBN 0672526735. writer: Bobbs-Merrill, 1980. Hardcover.

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An extensive crew training program was immediately begun. S. advisers as they tried to improve unit performance. A detailed discussion of the problems involved in the use of armor took place during an armor advisers' conference in March 1967. The advisers reviewed events of the past year and presented their consolidated recommendations to the Vietnamese Chief of Armor. Subjects covered the entire range of armor employment and included doctrine, training, organization, equipment, weapons, and combat vehicles.

First, the failure of South Force to move. Second, failure of the APC's to move. Third, the parachute force. They were dropped on the wrong side of the river. It was a decision that I opposed. " volved, . . The fighting at Ap Bac and more specifically the employment mechanized rifle squadron, illustrates many of the problems faced by advisers. Poor coordination and planning were apparent at all levels in the South Vietnamese command; the airborne forces were not correctly employed and there was no unity of command on the ground.

This study evaluated organization, equipment, support needs, and corrected by the Vietnamese Army the best ways to use armored units. After observing the six exist- ing cavalry regiments from February to May 1965, the authors of the study recommended that each division be assigned an armored cavalry regiment consisting of a headquarters mechanized rifle squadrons. tor of the Joint Research Commenting on and Test Activity and at least two the study, the direc- in Vietnam, Brigadier General John K.

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