By Gordon L. Rottman
The military OF THE REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM, 1955-1975
GORDON L. ROTTMAN
OSPREY PUBLISHING, 2010
QUALITY SOFTCOVER, $17.95, forty eight PAGES, ILLUSTRATIONS, PHOTOGRAPHS
Military historians write army heritage books and articles, yet Gordon L. Rottman is not an army historian. Authors write books approximately army heritage and army affairs established upon their examine or own event, yet Gordon L. Rottman is not an writer. Gordon L. Rottman is a technical author. What Gordon L. Rottman does is to take the unique works of historians and authors, collate their info, and convey a "new" e-book for Osprey. seeing that Osprey does not footnote Rottman's paintings, almost not one of the titles written by means of Rottman might be relied upon via researchers, students, or army historians. Osprey makes use of a few very specialist authors for his or her a variety of sequence, Gordon L. Rottman isn't really between them. an excellent writer could make a subject matter come alive. The reader can see what's at the written web page of their imagination. The reader can envision the activities defined at the written web page, can pay attention the accompanying sounds, can odor the smoke and the cordite et al. As a technical author, Rottman does none of those. His paintings does occasionally upward push to the extent of moment expense, yet now not quite often. missing own services, with infrequent exception, within the matters on which he writes, he cannot upload to the cloth with which he's operating. additional, he lacks the facility to attach the dots. This Osprey book exemplifies that challenge. in numerous locations within the ebook, Rottman repeats the truth that the military of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) by no means accomplished a feeling of, for wish of a higher time period, "nationalism". He cites this as a deficiency within the ARVN and its management. in actual fact, Vietnam by no means turned a unmarried nation till 1975. Rottman looks completely ignorant of the truth that the 2 Vietnams have been artificially created out of 3 separate knigdoms in 1954. 3 separate kingdoms with diverse dialects, historical past, customs, history, and traditions. getting into life in 1954 and over-run in a mechanized invasion by means of North Vietnam in 1975, the Republic of Vietnam (RVN) existed for much less then 21 years.......two many years. whilst the RVN got here into lifestyles, there has been no nationwide infrastructure of any type, no feel of nationwide id, no govt above the village point, and it had to boost all of this whereas below assault from the North. Rottman even will get it improper by way of the political and armed forces possibility from in the nation itself by way of the corporation of the North Vietnamese executive directing those actions in the Republic of Vietnam-Group 559. The bibliography for this Osprey book cites six ebook. The to be had books, articles, and reports, quantity within the hundreds of thousands. evidently Rottman merely wanted adequate reference fabric to satisfy the necessities of his editor. As a technical author, Rottman notes the peculiar little information, which upload quite a bit to the fictitious works of poser writers. Or, to the books of event writers, reminiscent of Tom Clancy, who offer a wealth of technical info yet don't have any real comprehension of the operational arts they're writing approximately. Rottman does an excellent activity of settling on a holster during this picture or a specific insignia in that picture, yet he has no skill to express the essence of the "fog of conflict" that surrounds his topic. The superb organizational traces he describes may well exist on paper, yet they did not inevitably happen down on the rice paddy point. The "fog of struggle" is in the realm of the "author", no longer of the technical author. Osprey has now released a historical past of the ARVN. Osprey deserved greater. So do the e-book dealers who depend upon Osprey's popularity. Rottman's skills as an army specialist deserve larger awareness than any of the publishing homes that he used offers. He did certainly serve within the U.S. military and volunteered for unique Forces choice yet did so at a time while even the U.S. Marines-famous as a volunteer unit-were taking draftees to exchange their strive against casualties. The designated Forces (not then both a regiment nor a profession department) have been having critical manpower difficulties and the consumption gate used to be swung large open, with either the recognition and coaching requirments at their lowest in distinct Forces background. Even then, Rottman was once assigned a guns speciality, the least not easy education and project. To his credits, he effectively accomplished his 12 months journey of responsibility in Vietnam in the course of the interval 1969-1970, in which he used to be assigned to the fifth detailed Forces crew (Airborne). Returning to civilian lifestyles, Rottman grew to become an administrative and provide technician with the reserve parts of the U.S. military, i.e. the military Reserve and the military nationwide protect. one of many specifications of such employment is that the worker join the reserve part itself. The reserve parts have a few devices which require airborne (paratrooper) qualification as a situation for club. on the grounds that few civilian staff of the reserve parts have any purpose of turning into paratroopers as a situation of employment, Rottman's past qualification in the course of his lively responsibility carrier gave him activity safety for the following 20 years. opposite to the style within which Rottman's conscientiously worded biography conveys a distinct feel and that means, he used to be good and really a Vietnam veteran and specific Forces veteran, who served one travel in Vietnam in the course of his short lively responsibility carrier. The twenty-six years pointed out in his biography signify that short carrier, through twenty years of 1 weekend a month and weeks throughout the summer time. to place it within the context of this Osprey booklet, Rottman's profession as a part-time soldier and full-time civilian technician lasted longer than the topic of this booklet even existed. As to his time as a "Special Operation Forces situation writer", that represents fourteen years of civilian employment as a technical author for the Joint Readiness education middle at fortress Polk, Louisiana. A place which supported his part-time employment as a technical author for Osprey, on the comparable time.
Lt. Colonel Robert A. Lynn, Florida Guard
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Additional resources for Army of the Republic of Vietnam 1955-75 (Men-at-Arms)
Many units painted their helmets with a large, full-color version of the BDQ’s black-panther-and-star sleeve patch device, and a gaudy and far from “camouflage” pattern of black and yellow striping (as C2); others used a subdued camouflage pattern, or a cloth camouflage cover. The M1952A body armor was widely issued to units fighting in Saigon during the 1968 Tet Offensive; it is worn here over US M1956 web gear. This Ranger is armed with the M79 40mm grenade-launcher, and carries rounds for it in his M14 rifle ammo pouches and a separate bandolier.
This dispersal made centralized, coordinated fire control and the massing of fires difficult if not impossible, and infantry conducting offensive operations were often insufficiently supported. In the early days some efforts were made to use US helicopters to airlift artillery to forward positions to provide concentrated support, but these assets were limited. In time more artillery units were authorized, and to prevent battalions from being splintered scores of separate 105mm howitzer platoons were raised to be emplaced in outposts and bases.
9, 15 officers and NCOs 3, 4, 5, 6, 6, 8, 9, 10, 10, 15, 17, 19, 20, 24, A3(25, 43–4), B3–11(26, 44), C2(27, 45), E4–6(29, 46), G3(31, 47), H1–2(32, 47), 34, 35, 40–1, 46 ordnance (maintenance) companies 15, 16 People’s Army of Vietnam (NVA) 6, 7, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 36, 42 People’s Liberation Army (Viet Cong) 5–6 People’s Self-Defense Force 17, G1, 6(31, 46–7), 39 pistol belts/holsters/pistols A3(25, 43–4), D1(28, 45), G2–3(31, 47), H3(32, 47) platoon commanders A3(25, 43–4), E2(29,45–6) political warfare duties/school 10, 12, 12 Popular Force 10, 12, 13, 14, 17, G5(31, 47), 38–9, 39 radio operators/radios 16, 35, 41, 42, 44 Ranger Command/Groups 11, 17, 33 Rangers 11, 13, 16, 17, 24, C1–5(27, 44–5), 33, 34, 47 operations 4, 5, 16, 18, 21, 24, 33, 33, 34, 41, 42, 44 rank insignia 10, A3(25, 43–4), B2–11(26, 44), C2(27, 45), D1(28, 45), E2, 4–6(29, 45–6), F1(30, 46), H1–2(32, 47), 35, 46 recoilless rifle platoons 34 recoilless rifles 7, 7, 33, 34, 37, 37 reconnaissance battalions/companies 16, 17, 23, 34, 37, 41 reconnaissance-in-force duties 36 regimental weapons companies 15 Regional Force 10, 12, 13, 14, 17, 19, G2, 4(31, 47), 33, 38–9, 40 regional operational commands 11–12 Republic of Vietnam 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 16, 20 revolvers D1(28, 45), G3(31, 47) rifle battalions/companies 15, 17, 34, 39 rifle platoons/squadrons/squads/troops 16, 34, 37, 38 riflemen/rifles 4, 4, 7, 8, 15, 15, 16, 18, 19, 24, A1(25, 43), B1(26, 44), C2(27, 45), D2(28, 45), E2(29, 45–6), F1(30, 46), G1(31, 46), 34, 34, 35, 39, 40 river-boat companies 39 rocket-launcher sections 34 Saigon 5, 11, 12, 14, 20, 21, 23, 24, 33 fighting in 5, 5, 12, 16, 18 sector/sub-sector headquarters 12, 13, 35 Self-Defense Corps 38 shotguns G3(31, 47) signal battalions/companies 15, 16, 23, 33 special electronic warfare detachments 17 Special Forces 11, 16, 33, 41 special mission companies 24 Special Mobile Corps 33 special recon/technical detachments 17 “special tactical zones” 13–14, 22 squad leaders B2(26, 44) staff officers/sergeants 10, 12, C2(27, 45) sub-machine guns 18, A3(25, 43–4) support and service units 16, 17, 23, 24, 33, 34, 37, 38, 39, 40 tank battalions/squadrons 12, 17, 38 tanks and AFVs 12, 17, 36, 37, 37, 38 technical detachments/schools 9, 16, 40 Territorial Forces/regiments 9, 15, 38–9 Tet Offensive/counter-offensive (1968) 5, 12, 16, 18, 38, 39, 40, 42, 42 transportation and maintenance platoons 34 transportation companies 15, 16, 17 unit designations, construction of 14 US advisors 4, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 15, 24, 33, 40 Advisory Teams 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 US Army Armor School 9 US Army Ranger Course 4, 24, 44 US forces 4, 5, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 33, 34, 38, 39 Viet Cong 4, 5, 5, 10, 16, 18, 40, 45, 46 Viet Minh 6, 7, 19 Vietnamese Air Force/Navy 9, 10, 11, 14, 16 weapons platoons 15, 34 Williams, LtGen Samuel T.