DOCUMENTS OF AN ELITE VIET CONG DELTA UNIT: THE DEMOLITION PLATOON OF THE 514TH BATTALION - PART FIVE: PERSONAL LETTERS
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA SANTA MONICA
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The report presents a collection of translations of the personal correspondence of members of a Viet Cong demolition unit operating in the Mekong Delta. These letters to friends and relatives reveal the hopes and fears of soldiers in wartime. Although they have a self-conscious tone, perhaps because their authors feared censorship, the contents are no doubt sincere. They impart a strong sense of group solidarity and social cohesiveness.