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Old 02-08-2013, 07:14 AM
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Default But it wasn't just a U.S. War....

I’ve listed the US order of battle for the Vietnam War…but this was not just a US war.


Starting in 1965, Australia dispatched advisors and a battalion task force to Vietnam. In 1966, this was raised to a short brigade of two infantry battalions, a cavalry squadron, 2/3 of a artillery battery, as well as support, naval and air assets. The 1st Australian Task Force was stationed at Nui Dai (some 35 miles southeast of Saigon), they remained in South Vietnam until 1971.

New Zealand

From July 1965 until June 1972, New Zealand provided two rifle companies and a artillery battery that served with the 1st Australian Task Force.


From September 1966 until December 1969, the Philippines provided a Civic Action Group that operated in Tay Ninh Province. At its height, this consisted of a infantry battalion, a artillery battalion, a engineer battalion and support services.


Thailand’s commitment involved three different units: The Royal Thai Army Volunteer Force, consisting of a reinforced regiment based on the “Queen’s Cobras” served at Bear Cat from September 1967 to August 1968. They operated with the U.S. 9th Infantry Division.

The Royal Thai Army Expeditionary Division (Black Panthers) served at Bear Cat from February 1969 until August 1971. During this period, three infantry brigades rotated through Bear Cat.

The Royal Thai Army Volunteer Force came back into service in September 1971 and served until March 1972. It consisted of a infantry brigade, three artillery battalions and service troops.

Republic of Korea

The Republic of Korea Forces Vietnam Field Command served from August 1966 until March 1973. It was based at Nha Trang. At first, it was comprised of two battalions but was rapidly expanded to a corps-sized formation. It consisted of the Capital Division, the 9th Infantry Division and the 2nd Marine Corps Brigade.

Republic of Vietnam

The order of battle for South Vietnam varied widely, but as the U.S withdrawal in December of 1972, it consisted of:

Eleven infantry divisions, a Parachutist Division, and a Marine Division.

All told, 18 armored cavalry squadrons, 124 infantry battalions, 9 marine battalions, 55 ranger battalions, 44 artillery battalions (105mm), 15 artillery battalions (155mm), 5 artillery battalions (175mm), 4 air defense battalions (40mm/Quad .50), 40 engineer battalions, 16 signal battalions and 12 military police battalions. In addition to this, there were also 176 howitzer platoons (2 105mm) stationed across the country.

This force was comprised of 108,675 Regulars; 376,946 Regional/Popular Forces and 14,365 Border Rangers.

North Vietnamese/Viet Cong

As of December 1972, the NVA/VC were operating some 2 VC divisions, 12 NVA divisions in South Vietnam, a grand total of 309 battalions (infantry, sapper, security and reconnaissance).

This force was comprised of 89,834 NVA regular, 20,000 NVA “advisors” in VC units and some 30,332 VC.
The reason that the American Army does so well in wartime, is that war is chaos, and the American Army practices chaos on a daily basis.
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