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New Left Review I/49, May-June 1968


Douglas Gill

Strategy of the Vietnamese Liberation

Military success brings with it new problems for the nlf. The forces of the us and its allies are now concentrated in the cities, the bases, and in the provinces adjacent to the border; vast areas of the country-side have therefore been completely freed. With the Americans abandoning the countryside to the nlf, the latter’s methods of guerrilla and of mobile war, so useful against isolated garrisons and outposts, against convoys and patrols, can have no substantial further application. A different type of warfare then begins—has indeed for some time begun—to show itself: the warfare of positions. The writings of the Vietnamese themselves provide an indication of how the war may now unfold.

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