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SWJ Blog
10-01-2017, 12:45 PM
The Documentary “The Vietnam War”: Artistic License as History (http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/the-documentary-%E2%80%9Cthe-vietnam-war%E2%80%9D-artistic-license-as-history)

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10-30-2017, 12:14 AM
Honors and Errors: The Burns-Novick Vietnam War Documentary (http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/honors-and-errors-the-burns-novick-vietnam-war-documentary)

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SWJ Blog
01-10-2018, 07:05 PM
Was Vietnam Winnable? A New Book Suggests Yes and Offers Advice for the War in Afghanistan. (http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/was-vietnam-winnable-a-new-book-suggests-yes-and-offers-advice-for-the-war-in-afghanistan)

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01-16-2018, 05:51 AM
Lessons and Echoes from the War in Vietnam (http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/lessons-and-echoes-from-the-war-in-vietnam)

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01-20-2018, 12:02 PM
Honors and Errors: The Burns Vietnam Documentary (http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/honors-and-errors-the-burns-vietnam-documentary)

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davidbfpo
01-21-2018, 10:18 AM
I have merged twelve threads into this main historians thread, prompted by the SWJ article 'Honors and Errors: The Burns Vietnam Documentary'. Which now has 255 posts and 223,969 views.

There are two large, closed separate threads:The Advisory or Advisor Challenge (http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/The Advisory or Advisor Challenge) which has 102 posts and 113k views; Vietnam collection (lessons plus) (http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/Vietnam collection (lessons plus)) with 140 posts and 122k views.

If you search using Vietnam as a thread title there are thirty or so threads, with sufficiently different themes best left alone.

davidbfpo
04-13-2018, 05:56 PM
Never heard of their involvement, although it makes sense - especially as a response to the RoK division being deployed.
Link:https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/north-korean-psychological-warfare-operations-south-vietnam?

davidbfpo
08-01-2018, 07:36 PM
An offering from the US intelligence community via the CIA, so far only a short video discussion (9 mins):
As part of the Tet Offensive document declassification effort (https://www.intelligence.gov/tet-declassified), Intel.gov recently sat down with three Intelligence Community historians—all members of the IC Senior Historians’ Panel—to discuss the Tet Offensive, the IC’s role in the Vietnam War, and the impact of the Tet Offensive on both U.S. public support for the war and on the IC itself. The Tet Offensive has often been called an intelligence failure, but this discussion reveals that there’s more nuance and complexity to the story than that statement allows. Declassified documents, to be released in three tranches in 2018-19, will shed further light on the IC’s role in this critical conflict.
This video is part of a longer discussion around Vietnam and Tet, which will be released in its entirety in the coming weeks.
Link:https://www.intelligence.gov/tet-declassified/historians

They comment on the signs something was coming; from the Ho Chi Minh trail watchers and the never-ending flow of deserters. Was Tet a PR defeat, not a policy defeat?

Some documents are already available:https://www.intelligence.gov/tet-declassified

davidbfpo
08-06-2018, 08:33 AM
A British military academic, Christopher Tripodi, has embarked on reading on the Vietnam War, with a focus on:
.....‘Village War’, i.e. the vast US backed pacification campaign mounted throughout South Vietnam from the early 60’s in an effort to weaken and dislocate Communist influence in that country.

So he offers a short list of books to read, only one of which I have read (Douglas Porch's tome).

A searing passage:
Even though still a relative newcomer to the war, it’s become obvious to me that this should be a compulsory field of study for anyone interested in the fundamental complexity of engineering satisfactory political outcomes at distance through the medium of military power. And the pacification campaign, in and of itself, has revealed such a panoply of theories, assumptions, judgements and practices that consistently crumpled in the face of the unrealistic expectations underpinning their employment in Vietnam that it makes one genuinely wonder why any US policymaker or academic contemplating similar escapades in Iraq and Afghanistan could possibly have thought they could get away with it.
Link:https://defenceindepth.co/2018/08/06/dsd-summer-reading-6/

davidbfpo
03-15-2019, 09:02 PM
Found a pointer to this on a WW2 history blogsite and the author is an ex-USAF officer, then an academic:http://www.tom.pilsch.com/

It may be useful:http://www.tom.pilsch.com/Vietnam.html



(http://www.tom.pilsch.com/Vietnam.html)