By Philip Katcher
On the time of the yankee Civil warfare, with million males less than palms, a US military that during pre-war days had depended upon a minute variety of technical troops now required nearly a military of experts by myself. targeted sharpshooters have been recruited for skirmishing accountability; males whose wounds could have resulted in their discharge some time past now chanced on themselves guarding vital posts within the Veteran Reserve Corps; and big numbers of civilians came upon themselves in uniform as individuals of the Telegraph or sanatorium Corps. Philip Katcher examines the association and uniforms of the expert troops who served within the armies of either sides.
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Socialist Republic of Vietnam) In the second half of April 1972, the invading PAVN was subjected to an intense interdiction air campaign, but it could not stop the advance of the North Vietnamese toward the south. On 1 May, T-54 tanks of the 202nd Armored Regiment stormed across the Quang Tri airfield, a US Army and Marine helicopter base. The fall of the Quang Tri provincial capital was the most important success achieved by the PAVN in South Vietnam's I Corps. intense artille bombardment and , lack of fuel.
The main improvement -:- 19 the replacement of the low pressure 76mm gun for a high velocity 85mm gun . Within the PAVN , the vehicle was also referred as the PT 35 'II I IIII 'i'~ - - - - - _ T-548, PAVN 2015t Armored Regiment, Dong Ha, April 1972 The T-54B was the most modern tank then in service with PAVN during the Nguyen Hue Offensive, It usually outgunned the South Vietnarro-- M-41A3 and could match the M-48A3, However, deployed without appropriate infantry support to attack urban areas, the T-54 units suffe'=- : heavy losses to ARVN LAW rockets, ZSU-57-2, PAVN unidentified anti-aircraft artillery unit, Quang Tri, April 1972 zs, The PAVN developed considerable effort to protect its armored formation from air strike , including the deployment of the Soviet built 57-2, Based on a modified and lightened hull of the famous T-54 tank, the open turret is armed w ith two S-68A 57mm M guns, The slogan c the turret meant " For independence and freedom", Note also the foliage c amouflage, 36 <-63, PAVN 202nd Armored Regiment, Quang Tri, May 1972 The Chinese built K-63 was the main PAVN APC used during the conflict, superseding in number the other vehicles such as the BTR-50, BTR substantial deliveries by China , the North Vietnamese were always in need of APC vehicles and were often forced to ~ ::Jerate with troops riding atop the tanks.