Hoa Minh Truong
Truong is an ex-Lieutenant of ARVN and was POW after the fall of Saigon in 1975. He survived while 156,000 of his countrymen were killed in re-education camps.
After escaping from Vietnam in 1982, Truong resettled to a new life as a journalist in Western Australia in 1983.
Spending more than 30 years writing, he now has three books published in New York.
The book, “The Dark Journey” was chosen at the US Library of Congress, and “From Laborer To Author” was recognised by a letter from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which was presented by Arts Minister Tony Burke in 2013.
LONG TAN BATTLE: THE “HUMAN WAVE” TACTICAL DISASTER
In Vietnam war, Vietcong applied the tactics are such as circle post then attack the reinforce (công đồn đả viện), previous shell then later attack (tiền pháo hậu xung), the barricade spot; each one had 3 guerrillas: weapon used 2 AK and 1 B40 (đóng chốt), three barricades formed by the Chain (kiềng) with a common weapon as 12.7 mm.
Therefore, the human wave tactic (chiến thuật biển người) could apply when the Vietcong wanted to extract a post or fire base, mostly the numerous troopers would be used at least more than 5 times of the defense force.
The human wave tactic devised by Mao Tse Tung in the Korea War, he used the huge numerous troopers to cover the weapon lacks. Mao chairman who totally fell the inhumane tactic with a million People’s liberation Army troopers killed, including his elder son. In Vietnam War, Vietcong applied the human wave tactic, despite they barbecued 10,000 troopers in Dien Bien Phu’s battle, exclusive ten thousand lives of the battlefield’ s laborer, instead French just lost 1,000.
The Long Tan battle applied as the same tactic, on August 18, 1966, Vietcong gathered from 1,500 to 2,500 troopers of regiment 275 (North communist) and provincial mobile battalion D445 (regional force), they attacked D company of 6th battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR).
The battle field was not equal the numerous troop between both sides, therefore the D Company fought bravely, despite its company just had 108 men, then the human wave tactic crushed down badly. Vietcong laid 245 bodies, not including the casualty and injure troopers to be brought by their comrade, the D company lost 18 men, but it was the ever victory of Australian Royal Army from the most conflicts marked before.
However, after Long Tan battle, Vietcong propagated the fake victory to the rural people, mostly the peasant. However behind the line, Vietcong couldn’t hide the pain from their comrades: they named the Australian army as a nickname ÚC ĐẠI HẠI, which means Australian causes the big damages: instead the Vietnamese call the Australian as ÚC ĐẠI LỢI, which means Australia great benefit.
Although the Vietnam War was over from April 30, 1975, the sounds are still remaining into the society, actually, annually, the date of 18 August coming. Vietnam war has been controversial by the toxic of pro-communist propaganda hidden under the title the peace movement, it has effected into the most Vietnam veteran and family in US, Australia, New Zealand.
Remember, in 1959, there was not any allies military unit in South Vietnam, but on May 1959, Hồ Chí Minh pointed Major General Bùi Xuân Đăng who gathered more than 100,000 laborers built Ho Chi Minh Trails, then they also launched the propaganda: “fighting against the imperial American”. After Ho Chi Minh trails set, lieutenant General Đồng Sĩ Nguyên continued to upgrade the road linking three nations Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia.
The human wave tactic badly failed again in Vietnam war, Vietcong wasted 1,500,000 lives, now they are still facing more than 300,000 missing in the forest, mostly at the central Vietnam, therefore they have not find the comrades, but the Hanoi regime keens to find the US, Australia soldiers missing in action for money.
Whoever endorsed Vietcong in Vietnam war, they must know the inhuman regime in Hanoi, likely a gang takes control your house, after 1975, a high ranking cadre, Mr. Nguyễn Hộ, 56 years member, he told to his comrades at Saigon: “their houses, we occupy – their wives, we take and their children, we enslave”. There is just only Ho Chi Minh, he killed 1,700,000 people that bases on the Polska media of Poland released the list of 13 most massacres in 20th century.
Vietcong’s lie propaganda failed. After winning the war on April 30, 1975, Mr. Lê Duẫn, General Secretary of Vietnam Communist party confirmed: “we fought against the American Empire for great masters Soviet Union and China”. It is the strong message to those who joined the anti-war movement during the Vietnam War’s period.
©Copyright 2014 by Hoa Minh Truong