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ARMOR ORGANIZATION FOR COUNTERINSURGENCY OPERATIONS IN VIETNAM
ARMY CONCEPT TEAM IN VIETNAM APO SAN FRANCISCO 96384
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The purpose of this project was to study and evaluate the organization, equipment, support, and employment of armor units of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam ARVN in relation to their capabilities and missions in counterinsurgency to determine their adequacy and methods for improving ARVN armor capabilities. The evaluation consisted of observing all six ARVN armored cavalry squadrons and selected Regional Force armored car platoons, and interviewing commanders of these units, their US advisors, and staff officers and US advisors of units to which the ARVN armor units were organic or attached. In addition, a review was conducted of TOEs, maintenance and logistical records, lesson plans and after-action reports, and the training function including programs of instruction. An assessment was made of the effect of enemy anti-armor weapons, tactics and techniques of ARVN armor operations, and the influence of terrain and weather on armor employment in each corps area. Finally, an analysis was made of the effects and significance of this information. The evaluation determined that armored cavalry squadron headquarters and tank units were not being used effectively that more M113s, new armored cars, and additional squadron headquarters were needed.
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