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Did the Us lose the Vietnam war in the US or in Vietnam I believe the US lost the war in both the United States and in Vietnam During the Vietnam war the two sides the United States with South Vietnam and North Vietnam with the Viet Cong used very contrasting tactics the US went for what was known as the War of the Elephant These tactics were what the United States was used to and what they were very good at They involved huge numbers of troops and large quantities of equipment The North Vietnamese used the tactics of guerrilla warfare While these called for a smaller number of troops and equipment the North Vietnamese used a much larger number of irregular troops While the US style was effective against similar styles of warfare this new style was very different to anything they had encountered before Guerrilla warfare was completely different to what they were used to This lead to the defeat of the Americans in skirmish after skirmish The US generals had no idea of how to deal with this new kind of warfare While the Americans were bringing in troops and equipment to fight this war the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong were slowly subverting the villages and general population to their cause The Americans and the South Vietnamese would establish a base but all the area outside the immediate vicinity of the base was Viet Cong territory There were no clear lines of battle or territory The Americans thought they could fight the war against a clear enemy The Viet Cong would subvert a village to their cause then be able to hide in the village as normal peasants when the Americans came only to revert to combatants when the danger passed This made it very difficult for the Americans as they had to see every one and every thing as
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