Communist Revolutionary Warfare: From the Vietminh to the Viet Cong

Communist Revolutionary Warfare: From the Vietminh to the Viet Cong

by George K. Tanham


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This volume in the Praeger Security International (PSI) series Classics of the Counterinsurgency Era was among the first major published analyses by an American expert on the insurgency in Indochina. In addition to tracing the Chinese influence on the Vietminh cadres and the French military response, the book describes the organization, logistics, and tactics of the communist movement. The author, George Tanham, managed the U.S. rural development program in South Vietnam and later served as special assistant for counterinsurgency at the U.S. Embassy in Thailand during the mid-1960s. With a new foreword by Richard A. Shultz Jr.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275992644
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/30/2006
Series: PSI Classics of the Counterinsurgency Era Series
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

GEORGE K. TANHAM (1922-2003) graduated from Princeton, served as an artillery officer in Europe during World War II, and then earned a doctorate in history and political science at Stanford. He taught military history at the California Institute of Technology where became a tenured professor and master of student houses. Dr. Tanham spent most of his career with the RAND Corporation, serving as the corporate vice president in charge of the Washington office. He managed rural development efforts in Vietnam for the U.S. Agency for International Development, a program designed to pacify the countryside. Afterward he was special assistant for counterinsurgency at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, coordinating a campaign to defeat Chinese-inspired guerrillas in Thailand, an experience he recounted in Trial in Thailand. Among his other books are Securing India: Strategic Thought and Practice and Islam and Conflict Resolution: Theories and Practice.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition

Preface to the First Edition




Vietminh Military Doctrine and the War

The Vietminh Military Organization

Vietminh Personnel and Logistics

Vietminh Operations and Tactics

Vietminh Reactions to French Tactics and Air Power

The Rise of the Viet Cong

The Viet Cong Military

American Military Participation and the Viet Cong


Selected Bibliography

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