Advice and Support - The Early Years [US Army in Vietnam] by Ronald H. Spector

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22, co~y in CMH. IRecent Political Developments in French Indo-C hina , 6 Apr 45, SR I-] - 095, records of Natio nal Security Agency, RG 457 . n political Adviser, SEAC, to Foreign Office, 24 Jan 45, WO 203/556 1A, SEAC records, PRO . JOra ft memo, C hi ef, Sou thwest Pacific Oiv, State Dept, for President, 8 Scp 44, RG 59. OOI9 - 0944, RG 59. "" O n 2 February 1945 the French military attach e in Chungking app roached General Wedemeyer to express his anxiety. If the japa nese assu med control of th e government the French forces in Indochina, the attach e believed, would retreat to the mountains to carryon g uerrilla warfare.

Robe rt B. McCl ure, acting commander in the absence of General Wedemeyer, re plied, "Go ahead. Co-ope ra te comple tely with the French. You can use Poseh airfield. "" 'WM sg, Gross to Chennault, CFBX 34041, 10 Mar 45, Wedemeyer files, RG 332. , CFBX 34064, 10 Mar 45, Wede meyer fil es, RG 332 . 31 Advice alld Support: The Early Years, 1941 - 1960 Indochinese Colonial Troops retreat to Chi'Ia, March 1945. At t he same ti me, General Wedemeyer, in Was hin gto n to confer w ith th e Joint Chiefs, was receiving contra ry in structions in a private conference with the presiden t hi mself.

26McAlis ter, Vietllalll; Origills of RCUO/UtiOIl, p. 62. 27 Am Consu l. Saigon (Leland L. Smith), to Dept of State, 28 Aug 24, RG 59; ibid. (Cooking ham) to Dept of State, 24 Oct 27 and 5 Jun 28, both in RG 84. 11 Advice and SlIpport: The Early Years, 1941 - 1960 French Colonial Troops in Saigon betweerz the World Wars. Party, the Viet Nam Quoc Dan Dang. Known by its initials, VNQDD, the party was a clandestine organization of civil servants, teachers, small shopkeepers, and militiamen, loosely modeled on the Chinese Kuornintang.

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