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In his months with the 4/39th, the battalion-along with it's combined arms team-had dispatched more than 2,500 VC KIA by actual body count, in exchange for 25 Hardcore (4/39th) lives.
the most important lesson to be drawn from the war in vietnam is that a lightly equipped, poorly supplied guerrilla army cannot easily be defeated by the worlds most powerful, and sophisticated army, using conventional tactics. To defeat the guerrilla, we must become guerrillas. Every insurgent tactic must be copied, and employed against the insurgent. The marvels of modern technology have caused some to believe that exotic gear has replaced the man with the rifle. It is not true. Never in the history of modern warfare has the small combat unit played a more significant role... and the brunt of the fighting falls squarly on the platoon. The outcome of the war will be determined, in large part, by the skill, guts, and determination of the platoon leader.
Originally posted by paperplane_uk
The first thing they would do is go to their library and get all the info they could on the british fighting in Borneo and Malaya!!! They they might learn how to defeat a guerrilla army in a jungle. Dropping tons of bombs just wont do it, no matter how accurate.
Originally posted by rogue1
The Australians taught the Americans alot about jungle fighting. I would hvae to say at the time no other western country came close to Australia'a expertise in jungle fighting, especially our SAS. They scared the piss out of the VC.
Originally posted by W4rl0rD
425th VC and 275th VC outnumbered the Aussies 8:1, but the Aussies held ground, eventually found cover behind a hill, fought until they were out of ammuntion (Australian standard load at that time was 60 rounds per person and 300 rounds per machine gunner, compared to the American 300 rounds per person and 600 rounds per machine gunner). Eventually American choppers volunteered to drop ammuntion for them when the RAAF didn't want to, but the RAAF eventually did, since they didn't want the USAF helping out the Australians with what the RAAF refused to do.
After that, quite a few APCs arrived, 1 ferried the wounded back to hospitals, the rest held ground before advancing, then forcing the VC to retreat. The VC wanted to teach the Australians a lesson, but failed. Since then, the Australians never really had any big ground battles.
And no, the Americans never did lose the war. The media made it seem like America was losing the war, when it was in fact the other way round. The Americans were inflicting huge numbers of casualties among the VC and NVA, but the VC and NVA fought strongly even with those casualties, while even the loss of a battaleon would mean a lot to the American public. End of war, VC and NVA losses 1.1 million, American losses a mere 50,000. The Americans just couldn't afford to keep fighting, while the VC and NVA were ready to continue and eventually take over South Vietnam under communist rule.