On Some Counterproductive Aspects of Tactical Force Employment in South Vietnam

Interviews with Vietnamese Prisoners and Civilians

by Greg Carter, Marvin Schaffer


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An analysis of Vietnamese attitudes toward U.S. and GVN air and ground support operations in villages that were either under attack or occupied by the Viet Cong. The data were obtained from 46 RAND interviews with prisoners and defectors and a CBS public opinion survey in which some 1,400 Vietnamese civilians were interviewed. The analysis indicates that the villagers seem to understand the support operations and tend, in the ratio of more than two to one, to blame the Viet Cong rather than the GVN for civilian damage.

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