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Status of PAVN infiltration to South Vietnam
Date of Creation:
January 11, 1966
Date of Declassification:
September 16, 1992
Type of Document:
Intelligence memorandum
Level of Classification:
Status of Copy:
Pagination, Illustration:
10 p.
The covert infiltration of men from North to South Vietnam continued unabated throughout 1965, but changed decidely in character. Where previous infiltrees had been used primarily to encadre the Viet Cong Main Force, regular units of the North Vietnamese Army (PAVN) are now dispatched to the South as tactical organizations. The presence of eight PAVN units of regimental strength in South Vietnam, totalling some 14,000 men, has now been confirmed. In addition, there are a number of suspect units in the South which, if confirmed, could raise the total number of PAVN to well over 20,000. In effect, the organizational nucleus of at least three North Vietnamese divisions has already entered South Vietnam. There are continuing indications moreover, that further large-scale PAVN infiltration has been taking place since late 1965. Along with the regular PAVN units, Hanoi has continued to send in cadre personnel destined for political, economic, and military units of the Viet Cong force.
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