Many friends have assisted in the construction of this web site, mostly by providing me with text files for many of the documents. In particular I would like to mention Chuck Ten Brink , Justin Sanders, Joe Hartley, Steve Miller , Allen Sullivant and Linda Teasley. Several documents came from (or are links to) Lloyd Benson's site at Furman University . In addition, Allen Sullivant , Brian Hampton, and especially Kathie Rankin have helped with HTML tips and some of the graphics. Dave Smith provided some of the images. No, Dave provided a lot of the images.
After the non-election of 1956, the Viet Minh became more active militarily. Their guerrillas – now called the Viet Cong – attacked soft targets in the south. They used the Ho Chi Minh Trail which was a 1000 mile trail along the border with Laos with heavy jungle coverage so that detection from the air was very difficult. The Viet Cong were trained by their commander Giap who learned from the tactics used by the Chinese communists in their fight against the Nationalist Chinese forces. He expected his troops to fight and to help those in the south. He introduced a “hearts and minds” policy long before the Americans got militarily involved in Vietnam.