Rallying Potential Among the North Vietnamese Armed Forces

by Anders Sweetland

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To determine characteristics that distinguish the NVA defectors fromtheir comrades, 100 NVA defectors were interviewed at the National Chieu Hoi Center in Saigon; 100 POW forming the control group were interviewed at the Bien Hoa prison camp, 15 miles outside the capital. Between the hard-core NVA Communist who will never desert and the individual who wants no part of communism is a group of people with varying intensities of allegiance to the "just cause." Using the POW summaries to represent the opinions of all NVA, some observations are made concerning their apparent vulnerabilities.

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