Basically I can break my enemy troops down into three groups: the Village Guerrillas, VC Local Main Force Troops/Main Force Troops and NVA.
These troops are trained and equipped at levels according to the order they are listed: Village Guerrillas are the poorest equipped and trained, with the NVA having the best training and equipment.
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Basically farmers by day and VC by night, the Village Guerrilla forces will have older weapons and they could have an LMG or a single Mortar to play with.
Generally organised in village or hamlet forces, with a number of hamlets being able to form in to a Village Platoon if the need arises.
Hamlets seemed to have troop strengths between 10 to 15 in number, with up to four Hamlets forming the Village Platoon.
At the Hamlet level you could find VC armed with Rifles or Carbines, but once you gather the VC into a Village Platoon you might expect to find up to 3 SMGs, 2 LMGs and 1 Mortar.
|old French MAT 49 SMGs|
|old French MAS-36 bolt action rifles|
|Chinese type 56 carbine|
- full time VC troops organised into district platoons/companies, or provincial companies/battalions. Local Force troops are better equipped and trained than the Village Guerrillas, but have a lower standard to the VC Main force troops.
Local Force troops will operate within the confines of their own districts or province, where as the VC Main force troops are used through out the country.
VC Main Force Troops are also used for the principal task of mounting a counter offensive. VC Main force troops are usually trained and supplied in friendly populated areas, and can be expected to be found near neighbouring Communist countries whilst being formed and trained.
|Type 56 RPD LMGs.|
|RPG-2 grenade launchers.|
|Captured US weapons|
|AK 47 Assault Rifle|
|LMGs and RPGs|
|30 cal MG|
|M16 Assault rifles|
A typical ORBAT for a VC Local Force squad is one of 7 men equipped with 1 x LMG, 1 x SMG, 4 x older rifles/carbines and 1 x RPG-2.
A typical ORBAT for a VC Main Forces squad is one of 8 men equipped with 1 x LMG, 2 x AK 47, 1 x RPG 2 and 4 x older rifles/carbines.
Three such squads made a platoon within their own force type.
A Heavy Weapons platoon for both type of forces consisted of the following:
1 x 7.62 mm HMG, 2 x RPG-7, 2 x 60mm Mortar.