The Ho Chi Minh Campaign: Operational Art in the Fall of Saigon
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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The fall of Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, in 1975, completed over a decade of constant turmoil within Vietnam. The unification of Vietnam under the North Vietnamese government marked a significant change in strategic posture and the spread of communism. Much of the literature concerning the Vietnam War focuses on the counter insurgent fight before the 1973 United States withdrawal. The purpose of this study is to show that the NVA employed operational art in their efforts to capture Saigon from 1973 to 1975. This study analyzes if the NVA used tempo, depth, and simultaneity in seizing Saigon. In exploring the tenets of operational art, this work strives to highlight how the NVA leveraged operational art, and provide an in-depth analysis of the drive south the Ho Chi Minh Campaign.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics