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PAVN: People's Army of Vietnam

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From the original 34-man Armed Propaganda Team of the 1930s, headed by Vo Nguyen Giap and managed by Ho Chi Minh, the People's Army of Vietnam has grown into the third largest military force in the world, exceeded only by the armies of the USSR and China. When viewed in terms of military capability and success, it is a phenomenon. Since its inception, the PAVN has taken on ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 1st 1991 by Da Capo Press (first published April 1986)
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Jul 10, 2015 Jerome rated it liked it
A fine book on the NVA, with a decided focus on North Vietnam’s strategy. Pike discusses the history of the NVA, its organization, its administrative structure, its military and political leaders, and its overall strategy. He describes how the NVA and the communist party formed an effective working partnership and how the army adapted to its technological inferiority.

Pike's book is well-written and well-researched, although it’s dry and somewhat short on analysis. He often describes NVA leaders
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