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PANO – “General Nguyen Chi Thanh, alias “brother Sau Di” at the Central Office for South Vietnam, is really an excellent disciple of Uncle Ho and an outstanding official typical in studying and following President Ho Chi Minh’s moral example.” This is written by General Le Duc Anh in an article for the People’s Army Newspaper.
As fellow-countrymen, Generals Nguyen Chi Thanh and Le Duc Anh joined the revolution in Thua Thien-Hue in late 1930s but till 1953, they could meet each other at a political training course in Viet Bac.
General Anh wrote that General Thanh is an outstanding talented cadre who made strategic contributions to building socialism, armed forces, revolutionary army and developing the Party’s military strategies and policies, especially in the combat against American invaders.
This conclusion resulted from the time the two Generals had lived and worked together, especially between September 1964 and May 1967 when General Thanh was appointed as leader of the Central Office for South Vietnam by the Politburo and Central Military Commission to lead the locals and Liberation Army in Southern Vietnam to fight against American imperialists.
In the article, General Anh recalled the Gulf of Tonkin incident on August 4th, 1964, staged by US invaders with an aim to escalate the Vietnam War from “special war” to “localized one” under the pretext that the Vietnamese navy had attacked US ships off international waters. With this calumniation, US sent more troops and most up-to-date weapons and equipment to Southern Vietnam.
Realising the US invaders’ changed strategy and with experiences from the previous campaigns of Binh Gia, Ba Gia and Dong Xoai, Nguyen Chi Thanh suggested establishing elite regular mobile troops and launching key attacks to annihilate US troops. Thanh’s suggestions were approved.
In 1964, South Vietnam liberation army had 11 regular regiments and 15 battalions. In late 1965, those forces were developed into 5 infantry divisions, 11 infantry regiments and various technical regiments and battalions. Attentively, commando groups were developed into battalions and regiments.
General Anh noted that at that time besides reinforcing its forces in Southern Vietnam, US invaders mobilized the air force and navy to attack Northern Vietnam. That made some Vietnamese party members, cadres and civilians hesitate.
At that time, some governments and reputed figures in the world had advised Vietnam not to confront the so called invincible United States of America for fear that a new world war might break out due to the Vietnam War.
As a result, many questions were raised, like “How to fight against and win over the US?”, or “How defeats the US without turning the war into a war between socialism and imperialism?”
|* The general who encourages Vietnamese people to fight against American invaders|
With strong will that “Nothing is more precious than independence and freedom” and dialectical vision, the Party and Uncle Ho decided to continue the struggle against the US imperialists with the unshakable determination to win. At the first Congress of Heroes and Emulation Soldiers of Armed Forces Liberating the South on May 2nd to 6th, 1965, Nguyen Chi Thanh explained his determination that “Keeping the fight against the US will find the way to triumph over the enemy”.
Basing on the reality in combat, creativeness of units and localities in the South as well as his scientific and dialectical thought, Nguyen Chi Thanh worked out specific military strategies, such as “Attack by grabbing the enemies’ belts”, “Finding and eliminating as facing the enemy”, close and un-interrupting attacks. He directed the liberation fighters to actively find the American soldiers and the Saigon puppet troops to wipe out. That strategic and tactical guideline helped consolidate our troops’ confidence to triumph over US imperialists armed to the teeth with modern weapons and equipment.
In his article, General Anh also recalled Nguyen Chi Thanh’s practical proposal to open motorized transport routes linking the North and the South to ensure the supply of weapons, equipment and food for the combats in the South, contributing the complete liberation of the South and national reunification.
In conclusion, General Anh laid stress on the strategic ideas of General Thanh, confirming that he was an exemplary revolutionary cadre, a typical Uncle Ho’s soldier that young generations should study and follow.
Translated by Mai Huong