Endnotes for Chapter II
1 A Vietnamese regiment was equivalent in size to an American battalion or squadron, and a Vietnamese squadron was equivalent to an American company or troop.
2 The appearance of the green camouflaged M113's, moving rapidly over the water-soaked fields, belching fire and smoke from their machine guns and engines, gave rise to the nickname "green dragons."
3 Major Brown was the first American awarded the coveted Army of the Republic of Vietnam Armor Badge, appropriately numbered 1.
4 Oddly enough, the commander of the palace armored unit was promoted from captain to major on the spot, an unusual reward for loyalty to a losing cause in a revolt.
5 The Armor School was forbidden even to conduct training in the direction of Saigon. One night, when U.S. advisers were bringing in new M41 tanks after midnight to avoid traffic, General Khanh was alarmed and fled with his family to Vung Tau, over 50 kilometers away.
6 Armored units were often given the name "coup troops" by detractors. In the same vein, the tanks were called "voting machines" because they influenced every early change of government. Although the armor corps became nonpolitical, the U.S. Embassy still worried that during the 1971 Vietnamese national elections armored forces would intervene.

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