Endnotes for Chapter I
1 General William C. Westmoreland, the U.S. commander in Vietnam from 1964 to 1968, kept a copy of Fall's book on the table near his bed. He later said that the defeat of Groupement Mobile 100 was "always on my mind," particularly so during the early U.S. deployments.
2 In 1954 General Westmoreland attended a Pentagon staff briefing on Vietnam that strongly influenced the senior staff officers. The Surgeon General of the Army painted a gloomy picture of an environment so severe that Westerners would be unable to survive. In July 1965 at a similar briefing when the Army Chief of Staff was present a general officer stated that tanks were not needed in Vietnam.

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