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"Iowa Veteran Describes Tactics of the Enemy During the Vietnam War" from Iowa Public Television, 2015

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Courtesy of Iowa Public Television, "Iowa Veteran Describes Tactics of the Enemy During the Vietnam War," Iowans Remember Vietnam - Iowa Public Television, 2015

Description

Iowa veteran Vincent Lewis describes an experience with enemy tactics while serving in an artillery unit during the Vietnam War. The Viet Cong forces learned they could intercept U.S. troops' communications on the battlefield and order U.S. planes to drop bombs on their own troops. Ever vigilant, U.S. commanders had to keep a watchful eye on the battlefield to avoid friendly fire as a result of this practice.

Source-Dependent Questions

  • Describe the type of weapons being used by the U.S. military in this video.
  • Compare the tactics used by the U.S. and Viet Cong. Describe how effective these tactics were by using evidence from the video?
  • How did the fear of friendly fire impede the U.S. progress? Why was this strategy effective?

Citation Information

"Iowa Veteran Describes Tactics of the Enemy During the Vietnam War," Iowans Remember Vietnam - Iowa Public Television, 2015. Courtesy of Iowa Public Television