The Vietnam War is one of the most deadly, and iconic wars that is known for its asymmetric conflict. Many of the local Vietcong troops were young soldiers that lacked profession like many of the U.S. troops. They were given minimal training, and due to their immaturity they had to fall back on guerrilla tactics to set them aside from the more professional armies they would have to go up against. For the troop to gain advantage over their enemy which had more experience, better advantages, and a bigger army, they had to think smart, blend in, and act fast.

Late 1965, Ho Chi Minh, the leader of North Vietnam, and the North Vietnamese leadership decided there would have to be a new technique to fight the Americans in order to gain an advantage. “From now on, the Vietcong would avoid pitched battles with the Americans unless the odds were clearly in their favor” (1). This meant that they would have to step up their game and commit more ambush-like battles. Underground tunnels were built to help soldiers navigate their way around without being detected by American soldiers, since there were so many American spotter planes roaming the area. Their advantage… They could sneak up on a troop and ambush them without warning. Although this would kill only a few, committing more of these sorts of attacks would in the result in a higher body count of dead American soldiers over time.

The amateur soldiers who were recruited at a young age were easier to carry out these plans mainly because they were smaller, faster, and less likely to be suspected than one of an older age. This would give them yet another advantage over the American troops because they are natives to the land, and they were easier to persuade to kill in situations where they were likely to be killed also. This was the start of a revolution that changed the way wars were fought from there on out.

 

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1)http://www.pbs.org/battlefieldvietnam/guerrilla/

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