PLANS OF HANOI TO INCREASE MILITARY PRESSURE IN SOUTH VIETNAM

Created: 8/24/1963

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summary: (orders toietnamese communist battalion from tchepone and send it to south vietnam were issued in connection with north vietnam's plan to increase military pressure in south vietnam during the buddhist crisis. hanoi hopes this will convince the united states that it must help retain the ngo dinh diem government while south vietnam is unoer fire from vietnamese communist guerrillas. hanoi fears that the united states will try to depose

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diem, and if this succeeded, the buddhist and other issues useful ' to hanoi would evaporate.

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INFORMATION REPORTJ

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FROM HANOI WHICH SAID THAT THE VIETNAMESE COMMUNIST (VC) BATTALION NOW STATIONEO AT TCHEPONE HAS BEEN ORDERED TO PROCEED IMMEDIATELY INTO SOUTH VIETNAM TO HELP THE REVOLUTIONARY PARTY IN ITS GUERRILLA EFFORTS IN SOUTH VIETNAM. HANOI IS ACCELERATING ITS ARMEO GUERRILLA ATTACKS IN SOUTH VIETNAM DISPITE THE RAINY SEASON AND THETRANSPORATION DIFFICULI TlES. HANOI AOVISED THAT MORE VC TROOPS WILL BE TRANSITING LAOS FOR EVENTUAL USE IN SOUTH VIETNAM ANO THAT FRESH REPLACEMENTS FOR THE TCHEPONE BATTALION WILL BE FORTHCOMING SOONEST VIA THE HO CHI MINH TRAIL.

ARE NOT NOWBUDDHISTS IN SOUTH VIETNAM OR TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THESITUATION TO GET THE PEOPLE TO RALLY AGAINST PRESIDENTDIEM AND HIS GOVERNMENT. HANOI PREFERS TO KEEP DIEM INHE PROVIDES MANY ISSUES WHICH HANOI CAN ATTACK AND USE

ALLYING POINT FOR THE REVOLUTIONARY ANO PEIPING FEAR THAT THE UNITED

STATES MIGHT INTERFERE IN THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE POLITICAL SCENE AND TRY TOOUP TO ELIMINATE DIEM. HANOI AND PEIPING BELIEVE THAT THE UNITED STATES CAN NOWOUP SUCCESSFULLY BECAUSE THE UNITED STATES0 TROOPS IN SOUTH VIETNAM AND IS

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FULLY TEGRATED INTO THE SOUTH VIET.NAMrsr ARMY GENERALHE UNI "ED STATESTRIED TO GET RID OF Dl EMILITARY COUP. THE ORDER THE TCHErO'JE BATTEL JON WAS B'SEOOINT HANOITO INCREASE MILITARY PRESSURE ON THE DlEM GOVERNMENTHO^'E TINTE 5SURE WILL INDUCE THE UNITED STATES TO IT MUST RETAINLE SOUTH VIETNAM IS UNDERC C'JERR LL'.S. STATES

SUCCCEDED IN DEPOSING D'EW. TrlT BJDCHISV AND OTHER 1SSUE5 WOULD EVADOR AT-". TXISK.OLKC THE AT'FSS OFTY. VI Pi BYO > Wt MILITARY EFFECT VC-

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or 'Si O'l.'VDR oilm remains head of theo. EVOLUTIONARY party chances

BJECTIVESL CR'AVLY Iy:'ROVED. HANOI HOPES THAT

theoa::ce or the budeviistoute complete units

OF THE SO'jTj. fO"HE REVOJT1ONARY PARTY,KEaING TNE ARMY ANOILITARY STRENGTH NOW FIGHTINGUERRILLAS.

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