Accession Number:

ADA171390

Title:

Armor in Vietnam

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

ARMY ARMOR SCHOOL FORT KNOX KY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1976-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

212.0

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 tanks effectiveness in Vietnam are given and the feasibility of deploying major armored forces to that country is discussed.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Unconventional Warfare
  • Combat Vehicles

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE