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Appraisal of the situation in South Vietnam
Date of Creation:
February 18, 1964
Date of Declassification:
June 26, 1975
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Pagination, Illustration:
5 p.
Appraisal of the Situation in South Vietnam [third appraisal prepared by CIA officers in S. Vietnam]. Cover Memorandum, William E. Colby, to top State, Defense and White House officials. Feb. 18, 1964. 1 p. Att: [Tide of insurgency going against GVN: in many provinces VC control 50%-60% of total area; national level direction of all programs weak to nonexistent; strategic hamlet program since Nov. 1 coup at virtual standstill; GVN propaganda mechanism is moribund; province chiefs reluctant to exercise initiative; lack of qualified subordinate personnel; quality and quantity of VC arms are rising, suggesting significant degree of infiltration; in IV Corps area friendly forces outgunned and outnumbered by VC.] 4 p. SECRET. Declassified June 26, 1975.
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