Accession Number : ADA171390


Title :   Armor in Vietnam


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : ARMY ARMOR SCHOOL FORT KNOX KY


Personal Author(s) : Oldinsky, Frederick E


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a171390.pdf


Report Date : May 1976


Pagination or Media Count : 212


Abstract : This thesis begins with a brief history of armored vehicles from their earliest concepts to the modern battle tank of today. It critically examines the decision not to include tank units with the first American combat forces deployed in Vietnam and the irrationality of that decision in light of a similar decision made prior to the Korean conflict. Tanks were deployed in limited numbers in Vietnam in spite of a decision to the contrary and, once there, proved their usefulness and their ability to perform in a tropical environment against an elusive enemy. Examples of the tank's effectiveness in Vietnam are given and the feasibility of deploying major armored forces to that country is discussed.


Descriptors :   *ARMOR , *LEADERSHIP , *COMBAT VEHICLES , *MILITARY TACTICS , *TANKS(COMBAT VEHICLES) , *VIETNAM , *ARMORED VEHICLES , *CAVALRY , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , WARFARE , COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS , MILITARY REQUIREMENTS , TRAINING , ARMY PERSONNEL , ENLISTED PERSONNEL , ATTACK , THESES , COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS , MISSIONS , FRANCE , HISTORY , MILITARY TRAINING , OFFICER PERSONNEL , MILITARY PLANNING , BATTLES , TACTICAL WARFARE , MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS , COMBAT AREAS , DOCTRINE , AMBUSH , COMMAND GUIDANCE


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Unconventional Warfare
      Combat Vehicles


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE