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There were a number of elements that made fighting in Vietnam difficult for Americans. Among these were the language/culture differences, thick jungles and mountainous terrain, swamp and bogs, monsoons and swollen rivers, lack of acclimatization of occupying forces (French then US troops), difficulty identifying the enemy (a guerrilla force that blended with the homogenous population), lack of home front support (growing social unrest and antiwar sentiment), unclear objectives, ineffective (puppet) government in South Vietnam, unsteady (rotating seat of power) ally government, long supply lines (approximately 8,000 miles of ocean between the US and Vietnam), and a host of other reasons.

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