Accession Number : AD0714834

Title :   Conversations with Enemy Soldiers In Late 1968/Early 1969: A Study of Motivation and Morale

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Kellen, Konrad

PDF Url : AD0714834

Report Date : Sep 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 158

Abstract : The report presents a study of the views of prisoners of war undertaken as an aid to military and civilian decision makers now trying to assess what concessions can reasonably be expected from the enemy in the future course of the war. Based on post-Tet interviews of 22 enemy soldiers in 1968-69, the study attempts to determine what elements of cohesion in the VC/NVA forces make it possible for the enemy to retain effective control throughout many years of warfare. Allied military pounding and psychological warfare efforts have had little effect on enemy moral, even the 1968 Tet offensive. Most VC and NVA soldiers seem to expect an ultimate win, are not discouraged by U.S. weapon superiority, and appear determined to fight on indefinitely. In short, enemy morale is high, chances of rooting out the insurgency by force look slim, and areas of compromise by negotiation appear narrow.

Descriptors :   *ENEMY PERSONNEL, *MORALE, *MOTIVATION, ARMY OPERATIONS, COMMUNISM, INSURGENCY, PRISONERS, VIETNAM, WARFARE

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE