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Current status of PAVN infiltration to South Vietnam
Date of Creation:
April 9, 1966
Date of Declassification:
February 20, 1981
Type of Document:
Intelligence memorandum
Level of Classification:
Status of Copy:
Pagination, Illustration:
11 p., 1 map
The number of PAVN troops in South Vietnam continues to grow at a significant rate. (See CIA/OCI Memo SC No. 03774/66, "Status of PAVN Infiltration to South Vietnam", 11 Jan 1966). The presence of ten PAVN units of regimental strength along with four separate battalions, totalling some 18,500 men, has now been confirmed in South Vietnam. In addition, there are at least eight to ten other suspect PAVN units in the South which, if confirmed, could raise the total number of PAVN to 30,000. Available evidence indicates that large-scale infiltration is continuing as the Communists prepare for their rainy season offensive. In addition to infiltrating regular units, Hanoi has been forced to send in a considerable number of replacements for Viet Cong and PAVN casualties. Many of these replacement troops are being assigned to what had been once purely Viet Cong units as well as filling out depleted PAVN units. Hanoi is also continuing to send in cadre personnel for political, economic, and support units of the VC main force. Estimates of infiltration in 1965 total almost 20,000 men, and preliminary estimates for the first two and a half months of 1966 total more than 3,500.
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