Accession Number : ADA297932

Title :   The Trail To Victory: North Vietnam's Operational Success Through Logistics.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Schmitt, Suzanne L.

PDF Url : ADA297932

Report Date : 16 JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 26

Abstract : Logistics was the key to operational success in the peoples' War. This revolutionary war, initiated by Ho Chi Minh, president, of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, was dependent on a secure Line of Communication (LOC) to infiltrate manpower and materiel into South Vietnam. The Ho Chi Ninh Trail was transformed from a primitive network of jungle paths to a mature infrastructure which became the primary LOC as the conflict evolved from an insurgency to a conventional war. Logistics was the key to North Vietnam's operational success. It drove the operational tempo of the war and the Trail was the logistics lifeline supporting the revolution. It enabled North Vietnam to impose its will whenever and wherever they chose, taking the battle deep into South Vietnam, providing base areas and sanctuaries. This logistical infrastructure was the foundation s%pporting the armed struggle. It was the Center of Gravity, the hub of all power for the military effort. In essence, it was the trail to victory. (AN)

Descriptors :   *LOGISTICS SUPPORT, *CONVENTIONAL WARFARE, MILITARY OPERATIONS, MILITARY HISTORY, MILITARY SUPPLIES, LESSONS LEARNED, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT, MANPOWER UTILIZATION, COMBAT SUPPORT, BATTLEFIELDS, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, JUNGLES, MILITARY PLANNING, MILITARY TACTICS, NORTH VIETNAM, SOUTH VIETNAM.

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE