Rottman's latest title discusses the original reorganization of Vietnam forces, from the original colonial structure implemented by the French into the first national army of Vietnam. Complete with a detailed history of the command structure and orders of battle, Rottman sheds light on the little known divisional histories of the army through rare, original source material. Moreover, the author examines in detail the evolution of such key units as armoured forces, ranger commands as well as combat unit organization. This, together with a detailed analysis of the experiences of the typical rank and file soldier as well as officer corps, provides a concise and and in-depth history of an army that is too often neglected or quickly judged.
"A brief but thorough history of the First National Army of Vietnam from its original colonial structure implemented by the French and its re-organization of the Vietnam forces. The author includes a comprehensive analysis of the experiences of the typical soldier and officer corps that is often ignored or forgotten [and] provides a detailed history of command structure and order of battle." -www.mataka.org (November 2010)
"... an interesting, concise and in-depth history of an army that has been relatively neglected in the wake of the Vietnam War." -Toy Soldier & Model Figure (May 2011)
Army of the Republic of Vietnam 1955-75 by Gordon L Rottman