The book I read to research this post was Vietnam by John Pimlott which is a very good book which I bought at a car boot sale. This book is a history of the Vietnam War that also concentrates on the tactics used by the various armies involved. Each chapter is written by a different author and John edited it. In the wake of World War 2 Hanoi was the centre of a communist government and later the name was changed to Ho Chi Minh City and they had designs on conquering all Indo-China. The French fought a largely with mostly paratroopers and the Foreign Legion but eventually pulled out. America & Australia largely continued the fight which did change our perceptions of what is happening when a foreign power invades another country a long way away and whether it is necessary for countries like the United States. America would have had a much better chance of winning the war had they focused more on capturing the hearts and minds of the South Vietnamese. The Americans did win most of the individual battles but destroyed much of the jungle and caused much hardship for people living there. The NVA or North Vietnamese Army although they changed leadership in 1967 due to their campaigns not going to plan did fight a better propaganda war and fought a harrying campaign with small units. The Green Berets were very successful in sending out small units in the jungle using many similar tactics. Blacks in America thought the drafting rules unfairly discriminated against them and were often hostile towards their white officers. The NVA were often supplied via supply lines in Laos & Cambodia which meant American forces had to fight there. The Vietnamese invaded Cambodia in the wake of the Khmer Rouge and were criticized for not pulling out sooner than they eventually did. American involvement in Vietnam in terms of troops reached a peak around 1969 and was gradually reduced there after. As the war progressed Vietnamese people who spread propaganda or speculated could be put to death such was the problem with the NVA spreading it. This was a really interesting book and it is probably one of my favorite topics. This book is long out of print but if you see it for sale cheaply secondhand is worth getting.