By Richard F. Newcomb
A Pictorial historical past of the Vietnam warfare.
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As early as May 1955, Diem had asked the United States to send military instructors for his armed forces. In the same month, Ho Chi Minh's forces took control of Haiphong, the best harbor in all of Vietnam. In January, General Collins had put Colonel Lansdale in charge of coordinating all United States civil and military programs, and things had begun to happen. Colonel Napoleon Valeriano and three junior officers had flown in from the Philippines to help train Diem's agents to infiltrate Communist guerrilla forces working underground in South Viettantly nam.
He learned very quickly, would many other Special Forces men, that theirs was a curious role. Supposed be advisers, they were forced to take a much as to and the highlands. The Green larger role as leaders, counselors, judges for the Montagnards, an aboriginal people in to 45 A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF THE VIETNAM WAR became the backbone of the CIDG, the Civilian Irregular Defense Group, a valued holding force until the big American buildup came in 1965. Late in November, President Kennedy approved one more step.
Laos was landlocked, mountainous, 39 A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF THE VIETNAM and almost roadless, but it WAR could serve as a corridor between north and south had a border with Communist China, and the northern part of Laos overhung Thailand in a menacing fashion, with Burma, Malaya, and India Vietnam. It also beyond. Laos had only two or three million people (nobody knew for sure), but by the time Kennedy came to office the United States had already poured $300 million of "aid" money, mostly military, into the country to support the Royal Laotian Army, in the hope that it would one day repay American kindness.
A Pictorial History of the Vietnam War by Richard F. Newcomb