1. LAND DEVELOPMENT CENTERS IN CENTRAL VIETNAM; 2. THE BUON ENAO STRATEGIC HAM

Created: 10/8/1962

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INFORMATION REPORT

CINTKAL INTIUIfifNCI AGINCT

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1. LAND DEVELOPMENT CENTERS Dl CENTRAL VIETNAM;

2. THE BUGS ENAO STRATEGIC HAMLET COMPLEX

AND rEVELOPMENT CENTERS IN KOfcTUM, PLEIKU, DARLAC, ANDUC PROVINCES VERS SUPPOSED TC QUALIFY AS STRATEGIC HAMLETS BY THE END OF THE BASIC PLAN WAS THE SAME FCR ALL THE CENTERS, WHICH ALREADY BAD SCHOOLS AND DISPENSARIES. BAMBOO SPIKES, POINTING OUTWARD, WERE STUCK EN THE GROUND OUTSIDE THE FENCE SURROUNDING EACH CENTER,EPTH OF TWENTY METERS. THE FENCE WAS MADE OF SHARPENED LOGS THREE INCHES LS DIAMETER PLANTED IN THE GROUND, ONE LOG PCINTINO SLIGHTLY OUTWARD, THE NEXT STANDING STRAIGHT UP, THE THIRD POINTTNC SLIGBTLY INWARD, WITH PATTERN REPEATED FCR THE ENTIRE FENCE. LOGS WERE USED hECAUSS THEY LAST ABOUT TWO YEARS, WHEREAS BAMBOO HAD TO HE REPLACED ABOUT EVERY SIX MONTHS. INSIDE THE FENCE, AROUND THE ENTIRE CENTER,ENSELY SPIKED TRENCH TWO METERS DEEP, TWO AND ONE-HALF METERS WIDEHE

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TOP, AND ASCOT TWO )CETZR3 WIDE AT THE BOTTOM. MALL BAMBOO sflk? FENCE FORMED THB INNERMOST IEFENSTYB RING. TEE HOUSES WERE UI POWS,AMBOO PENGS SUBHCUNTING EVERT TWO HOUSES, SO THAT, IP THE ATT/CXERS PENETRATED THE DEFENSE OF Cm SET CP HOUSES, THE FESIDENTS CCULD MOVE INTO THE NEXT DEFENSIVE UNIT. BFTilZEH EACH PAIR OF HOUSES WERE COVERED PITS, VEERS TEE WOMEN, CHILDREN, AND OLD PEOPLE COULD HIDEATTLE.

Z. THE PROGRAM WAS NOT BEING i'OCRDINATED AND DID NOT FALL UNDER TEE STRATEGIC HAMLET PROGRAM FOR0 TACTICAL 2CtfE, WHICH WAS UNDER COLONEL lb jUAtC TRONG, COMMANDING OFFICER OFD LNFANTRT DIVISION. THE TU LAND eev.ilXrMSNT CENTERS RECEIVED SCKB WEAPONS FROM TUB PROVINCE CHIEFS, BUT MOST CF TiffAME FROM ARMY UNITS IN THE AREA. TEE ARMS WAS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR TRAINING THE MALE INHABITANTS OP TBE CENTEPJ. ENTER QUALIFIEDTRATEGIC HAMLET, IT WOULD BE UNDER THE STRATEGIC HAMLET PROGRAM FORTACTICAL ZONE FOR SUPPORT, AND WOULD BE INCLUDED TJ THE OVER-ALL STATISTICS OF THAT SECTOR FOR COMPLETED STRATEGIC HAMLETS.

3. 2 SEPTEMBER AGREEMENT SPECIFIED TBE GENERAL LINES FOR MERGING TBE BUOH EHAO VILLAGES WITH THE STRATEGIC HAMLET DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE SECTOR. THREEROUP of THTfiTT DEFENDED VILLAGES CT SUCH ENAO, IN AN AREA BAST AND SOUTH iv BAN ME THUOT, WERE CLASSIFIED AS STRATEGIC HAMLETS, AND VERE INCLUDED INELVE COMPLETED STRATEGIC HAMLETS IN DARLAC PROVLNCE. QK|

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