By Philip Katcher
Philip Katcher presents an summary to the clash that engulfed Vietnam following the department of the rustic into alongside the seventeenth Parallel in 1954. The uniforms and insignia of the U.S. forces, together with the military, specific Forces, air strength, military and marine corps, are handled intimately, including these of the ARVN, the Allied Forces (such because the Royal Thai military and Korean troops), and in addition the Communist NLF (Viet Cong) and NVA forces. Mike Chappell's vibrant paintings presents lots of element to accompany this authoritative text.
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The white trousers have a narrow stripe in the unit’s facing color (as for the other two battalions). Note also the traditional Bolivian decorated leather bag carried as a haversack. He is armed with a Snider-Enfield rifle. G4: Private, 3rd Infantry Battalion Illimani/“Verdes,” 1879 The 3rd Line Inf Bn or “Greens” were designated as cazadores, and wore a bugle-horn shako badge. Again, a common feature of campaign dress for troops throughout the Andean region was the traditional poncho worn wrapped around the waist under the belt.
Red trousers with blue stripe. White leather belts and sword-knot. (Drawing by benedetto esposito) 37 After the disastrous defeats of the first land campaign and the subsequent fall of Daza, the Bolivian Army was completely reorganized for the second campaign, acquiring a more distinct national identity and abolishing most of the old unit titles given by Daza. For example, his loyal Colorados became the Bn Alianza; and the 3rd Line Inf, destroyed during the first campaign, was re-formed with soldiers from the National Guard Bn Columna Loa and was thus renamed Loa.
Since 1857 it had been converted into an elite unit famous for its rigid discipline and intensive training, becoming a sort of “praetorian guard” which helped various Bolivian dictators in their rise to power and during their subsequent rule. For this reason the Colorados always enjoyed preferential treatment from the current caudillo, receiving better equipment and weapons, and enlisting taller and stronger men than the Indios who made up the bulk of the Bolivian rank and file. During Daza’s presidency the majority of the unit’s soldiers were his relatives or friends; of 593 men, 370 held ranks above that of common soldier and thus received higher pay.
Armies of the Vietnam War 1962-75 (Men-at-Arms, Volume 104) by Philip Katcher