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What military advantages did the Vietcong have over the Americans?

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Absolutely no moral conscience and no adherence to a single part of the Geneva Convention along with the ability to be a village resident or farmer during the day and a soldier at night.

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the Us was better than the vietcong in military it was guerilla warfare that was over the Us



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.



Americans never had fought in such a such an envirnoment -searing heat, jungles, the vietcong were at an advantage because they were use to the climate and the geography. The Vietcong had built tunnels many many of them connected and did alot of moving arms underground. The backing of the majority of Vietanese people first they were invaded by the french and then the Americans they were tired of war felt that the Americans did not belong there and wanted them out. So many many of the people sabotage the Americans for fear of the Viet Cong


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