POSSIBLE PAVN TACTICAL COMMAND HEADQUARTERS IN SOUTH VIETNAM

Created: 3/31/1965

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Mr. McGeorge Bundy The White House

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CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY Office of Current Intelligence5

INTELLIGENCE MEMORANDUM

Possible PAVN Tactical Command Headquarters in South Vietnam

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^Hanoi may be moving to step up military pres. sure in the northern part of South Vietnam, the area

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IP'w own to have directed other military operations has been established in Thua Thlen Province. It may

I North Vietnamese militaryfromth Division. The Viet Cong are strong In this area and largo-scale attacksseveral VC regiments against major population-centers, particularly those where US military forces are located, are possible.

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5. The establishmentactical command headquarters in South Vietnam couldigher level of coordinated military activity in the area in which it ls located MACV's latest available order of battle shows that since4 confirmed Viet Cong main force strength inaso These troops are organizedegiments andeparate battalions, as well as other smaller units. It ls also possible that regular PAVN units subordinate toth Division could be employed ln operations ln MR V, but. there is no firm evidence that tactical units ofth have moved from the Dong Hoi area. (Map)

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