The Viet Cong were largely replaced by NVA forces after their near annihilation during the TET offensive of '68.
Kids to old men.
There was a huge military base owned by the Vietcong in My Lai. The U.S. general had orders to kill every Vietcong soldiers.
The Vietcong was an army created and trained by the North Vietnamese government. The main objective of the Vietcong army was to fight off the American Soldiers in attempt to overrule South Vietnam in communist power.
Why did American soldiers use Agent Orange? to detect Vietcong booby traps to disrupt the enemy's food supply to kill as many Vietcong guerrillas as possible to deter villages from harboring guerrillas
Yes it is true. A vietcong sniper called Apache used to castrate captured american soldiers with in ear shot of the american bases. She also kept eyelids and various other body parts.
Vietcong soldiers Ranged from very young ages to very old ages. Usually from around 12 to 87. though senior citizens did not clasify as foot soldiers they still considered themselves Vietcong/NVA and would give there lives trying to kill American soldiers. Most Vietcong foot soldiers were young the maximum age being around mid to late fifties. And unlike the U.S the Vietcong were forced to train everyday, even in training situations were they would pit two Vietcong soldiers together in a potentially fatal battle. Since the Vietcong where not an official part of the North Vietnamise millitary they didn't have nearly as nice of camps. They usually lived in huts made from thir natural surroundings or they would simply force villagers out of their homes and occupy them. When they did this the villagers were usually killed and the women rapped then murdered. If an officer in the Vietcong doubted the faith and loyalty of one of his soldiers he could ask them to complete a tast to prove his loyalty. This could be anything from starving him/herself for a few days to cutting off ones own finger. If the Soldier was not able to complete the task he was executed. A frequent activity amoung the Vietcong was pitting civilan prisoners against eachother to a fight to the death and bet on the winner just for entertainment. Another more well known activity was making two captured POW play russian roulete with each other where the Vietcong would also bet for fun. A fact that is not so well known is that Vietcong soldiers trained themselves to survive on a bowl of rice a day so literaly a vietcong soldier could survive months on rice alone. And most the time thats how life was, food was a precious resource so it was rarely if ever that the soldiers got more then a meal a day.
They were the prime instigators of the early guerrilla war stage.
Because the soldiers had took over their homeland. they stay there for years and over the years the had rapped the child and women and kilt them as well
Because the Vietcong were dressed like civilians. The US. Soldiers didn't know who their next enemy was because of the way they were dressed.
It was an easier way for the VC to get around. With the US army above ground trying to 'search and destroy' them it was a safe way to travel. With the Americans also having the upper hand with their firepower, the Vietcong could confuse the soldiers. For example, they would ambush an American soldiers camp, then when the troops went after them in pursuit, they would just disappear. This was one of the many ways that the Vietcong wore down the morale of the US troops.
The United States had incredibly powerful airpower which the Vietcong couldn't easily counter. The United States also had far more money to spend on equipping and training their soldiers. In short, the U.S. military were a modern military machine while the Vietcong were a somewhat rag-tag band of guerillas.
They used their aks but often picked up m16s from fallen American soldiers
2 million vietnamese civilians were killed 1,850,000 Vietcong soldiers were killed 1,087,000 South Vietnam soldiers were killed So a total of sbout 5 million Vietnamese soldiers and civilians were killed during the Vietnam war
General Westmoreland declared that the Tet offensive was a major defeat for the Vietcong. From a military standpoint, he was right. The Vietcong lost about 32,000 soldiers during attacks. The United States and South Vietnam lost only 3,000 soldiers. The Tet offensive shattered America's confidence in the war. The Tet offensive lasted for a month.
The Vietcong was an elusive enemy, because they didn't fight with a traditional army. Their fighters hid, spread out, regrouped, etc in a highly dense rain forest, making it very difficult for the foreign soldiers (US Americans mostly) to find and fight them.
im supposing you mean phisical build mind set etc. I only know of the facts of NVA/vietcong soldiers so anybody with the profile with the south vietnamise soldie please share. (Phisical build/wieght with gear)- Most NVA/Vietcong soldeirs were short around 5'5 to 5'7. large amounts of muscle was uncommon (espically amoung the Vietcong) because they were trained to live on a singel bowl of rice a day, so any large amount of muscle would ruin the point of that training because it would increase the need for protein and other foods. with all their gear on they probablly weighed around 130 pounds. However Vietcong soldiers could be as young as twelve so their profile would be differnt. (mental/and phisical health)- The NVA and Vietcong had poor living conditions out in the field (the vietcong even more so) so phisical health was a huge issue. Many diseases were passed around amoung the NVA/Vietcong ranks and personal hygene was low. As far as mental health most could consider the NVA soldiers a little nuts (And again as always the Vietcong more so) mostly do to the large amounts of violence witnessed and also their insane training programs. And since the vietcong and NVA trained children to fight their mental health would much worse then their adult counterparts.
In Vietnam the search-and-destroy missions were when US soldiers went into the heart of the Vietnamese countryside searching for the Vietcong, destroying any enemy strongholds, supplies or weapons they found. They often had to avoid traps set up by the Vietcong, such as mines under steps and leaves.
Was nationalism a stronger motivating force for the vietcong and why?
The Vietcong became a legitimate political party
The Vietcong played the role of the opposition forces to American and South Vietnamese armies who sought to protect SVN from VC infiltration/influence from North Vietnam as well as indigenous insurgent forces recruited from SVN ~ see related link below .
because of the vietcong's tactics of warfare. Specifically called "guerrilla warfare" (pronounced gorilla). There are no real rules of combat in guerrilla warfare, the Vietcong just went out, hid in the jungle, and killed what they could. The jungle is probably what frustrated the Americans the most, though.
It was both the first open, full scale attack by the Vietcong and NVA, and it demoralized America (despite the fact they'd won an overwhelming military victory) because it showed that they'd been less effective against the Vietcong and NVA than they thought, because America had presumed that her enemies were far too weakened to mount any major offensive. General Westmoreland declared that the Tet offensive was a major defeat for the Vietcong. From a military standpoint, he was right. The Vietcong lost about 32,000 soldiers during attacks. The United States and South Vietnam lost only 3,000 soldiers. The Tet offensive shattered America's confidence in the war. The Tet offensive lasted for a month.
the Us was better than the vietcong in military it was guerilla warfare that was over the Us