North Vietnamese and Viet Cong Order of Battle: ATTACHMENT A - Viet Cong Units active circa. March 1972


ORDER of BATTLE (1965 - 1975)
Attachment A: VC Units active circa. March 1972
Submitted by Richard A. Rinaldi © 1999


I Corps Tactical Zone II Corps Tactical Zone III Corps Tactical Zone IV Corps Tactical Zone

This list only shows VC units still listed by US intelligence as active in Mar 1972, thus excluding any units disbanded prior to then. The locations given are those where the unit was believed to be in early 1972. If the province of command does not match the location province, the command province is also shown. An asterisk indicates a border area unit (i.e., along the border) but believed to be in South Vietnam at the time.


I CORPS TACTICAL ZONE

Jul 1962

  • 120 VC Mont Inf Bn, Quang Ngai
  • HQ 1 VC Inf Regt, Quang Tin
  • 40 VC Inf Bn / 1 VC Inf Regt, Quang Tin
  • 60 VC Inf Bn / 1 VC Inf Regt, Quang Tin
  • 90 VC Inf Bn / 1 VC Inf Regt, Quang Tin

Jan 1964

  • 70 VC LF Inf Bn, Quang Nam, Quang Nam Province

Feb 1964

  • K48 VC Inf Bn, Thua Thien

May 1964

  • Q80 VC LF Inf Bn, Quang Nam, Quang Da Province
  • Q82 VC LF Inf Bn, Quang Nam, Quang Da Province

Dec 1964

  • 72 VC LF Inf Bn, Quang Tin, Quang Nam Province

Feb 1965

  • 48 VC LF Inf Bn, Quang Ngai, Quang Ngai Province

Jun 1965

  • 83 VC LF Inf Bn, Quang Ngai, Quang Ngai Province
  • R20 VC Inf Bn, Quang Nam

Aug 1965

  • V25 VC Inf Bn, Quang Nam

Oct 1965

  • T89 VC Sapper Bn, Quang Nam

Dec 1965

  • 840 VC Inf Bn, Binh Thuan

Jan 1968

  • Phu Loc VC LF Inf Bn, Thua Thien
  • Chi Thua II VC Sapper Bn, Thua Thien
  • 74 VC LF Cmbt Spt Bn Mortar, Quang Tin, Quang Nam Province

May 1968

  • 42 VC Recon Bn, Quang Nam

Jan 1971

  • 14 VC LF AA-AT Bn, Quang Tin, Quang Nam Province

Mar 1971

  • 471 VC Naval Sapper Bn, Quang Nam

May 1971

  • 404 VC Sapper Bn, Quang Nam

Jul 1971

  • 1 VC Prod Thung Dung Bn, Quang Ngai

This list of identified units shows 15 infantry, 2 sapper, and 1 mortar battalions formed by Jan 1968. MACV intelligence estimates for Jan 1968 showed 16 VC maneuver battalions in I CTZ. It would appear then, that the list above is complete for battalions formed by 1968 (some may have been elsewhere in Jan 1968, or present but not counted in the confirmed total). Units formed later are 1 infantry, 1 recon, 2 sapper, and 1 AA-AT battalions.

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II CORPS TACTICAL ZONE

Apr 1961

  • K14 VC LF Sapper Bn, Phu Yen

Feb 1962

  • 186 VC Inf Bn, Binh Thuan

Aug 1963

  • 50 VC LF Inf Bn, Binh Dinh

Nov 1964

  • 407 VC Sapper Bn, Khanh Hoa

Dec 1964

  • 304 VC LF Inf Bn, Kontum

Mar 1965

  • E 210 VC LF Inf Bn, Binh Dinh

Sep 1965

  • 482 VC LF Inf Bn, Binh Thuan
  • X67 VC LF Inf Bn, Pleiku

Nov 1965

  • E 301 VC LF Inf Bn, Darlac

Dec 1966

  • 405 VC LF Sapper Bn, Binh Dinh

Nov 1967

  • 408 VC LF Sapper Bn, Pleiku

Dec 1967

  • 401 VC LF Sapper Bn, Darlac

Jan 1968

  • 481 VC LF Inf Bn, Binh Thuan
  • 406 VC LF Sapper Bn, Kontum

Mar 1968

  • X45 VC Inf Bn, Pleiku

Apr 1968

  • D251 VC LF Inf Bn, Quang Duc

Jun 1968

  • 810 VC LF Inf Bn, Tuyen Duc

Jun 1969

  • 96 VC LF Inf Bn, Phu Yen

Jul 1970

  • 450 VC LF Sapper Bn, Binh Dinh, Gia Lai Province

Unknown

  • Khanh Hoa VC LF Sapper Bn, Khanh Hoa

The list of identified units in II CTZ shows 8 infantry and 6 sapper battalions formed through Jan 1968. MACV intelligence showed 15 VC maneuver battalions in II CTZ in Jan 1968. This would indicate that almost all battalions formed by that date are identified identified. Later formations include 4 infantry and 2 sapper battalions.

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III CORPS TACTICAL ZONE

Apr 1956

  • 506 VC Inf Bn, Long An

May 1960

  • D445 VC LF Inf Bn, Long Khanh

Aug 1961

  • 1st Bn/271 VC Inf Regt, Tay Ninh but regiment shown formed Aug 1967
  • 2nd Bn/271 VC Inf Regt, Tay Ninh
  • 3rd Bn/271 VC Inf Regt, Tay Ninh
  • HQ 272 VC Inf Regt, Tay Ninh
  • 1st Bn/272 VC Inf Regt, Tay Ninh
  • 2nd Bn/272 VC Inf Regt, Tay Ninh
  • 3rd Bn/272 VC Inf Regt, Tay Ninh

Aug 1962

  • K5 VC Art Bn, Binh Long later with 96 NVA Art Regt

1964

  • 56 VC Air Def Bn, Tay Ninh later with 69 VC Art Div

Jan 1965

  • 1st Bn/274 VC Inf Regt, Long Khanh

Feb 1965

  • Doan 10 VC Sapper Bn, Bien Hoa

Mar 1965

  • D2 VC Inf Bn, Bien Hoa
  • 3rd Bn/274 VC Inf Regt, Bien Hoa
  • 267 VC Inf Bn, Hau Nghia

Apr 1965

  • K4 VC Inf Bn, Binh Duong

May 1965

  • 2 VC Inf Bn, Phuoc Long
  • K1 VC Inf Bn, Binh Duong
  • HQ 275 VC Inf Regt, Phuoc Long
  • 3rd Bn/275 275 VC Inf Regt, Phuoc Long
  • 274 VC Inf Regt, Bien Hoa (HQ formed Aug)
  • 6 VC Inf Bn, Long An

Jun 1965

  • D14 VC LF Inf Bn, Tay Ninh

Aug 1965

  • HQ 274 VC Inf Regt, Bien Hoa

Nov 1965

  • 46 VC Recon Bn, Tay Ninh
  • 58 VC Art Bn (Mortar), Tay Ninh later with 69 VC Art Div

Feb 1966

  • 1st Bn/275 VC Inf Regt, Phuoc Long

Dec 1966

  • D2 VC Inf Bn, Long Khanh

Apr 1967

  • 22 VC Art Bn, Tay Ninh part of 9 VC Inf Div
  • 24 VC Air Def Bn, Binh Long part of 9 VC Inf Div

Aug 1967

  • HQ 271 VC Inf Regt, Tay Ninh (note 1)
  • HQ 180 VC Security Regt, Tay Ninh
  • O1 Bn/180 VC Sec Regt, Tay Ninh
  • *O2 Bn/180 VC Sec Regt, Tay Ninh

Dec 1967

  • D1 VC LF Inf Bn, Tay Ninh

Jan 1968

  • 520 VC Inf Bn shows grid reference, no place name; strength shown as 20

Apr 1968

  • 2nd Bn/274 VC Inf Regt, Long Khanh
  • D1 VC Sapper Bn, Bien Hoa
  • 268 VC Sapper Bn, Hau Nghia
  • D168 VC LF Inf Bn, Phuoc Long

Jun 1968

  • 12 VC Sapper/Recon Bn, Hau Nghia

Aug 1968

  • 368 VC LF Inf Bn, Binh Long

Oct 1968

  • A66 VC Strat Recon Bn, Tay Ninh

Nov 1968

  • T28 VC Recon Bn, Tay Ninh part of 9 VC Inf Div
  • 8 VC Swimmer Sapper Bn, Bien Hoa

May 1969

  • *28 VC Sapper Bn, Binh Long part of 5 VC Inf Div

Jan 1970

  • 190 VC Sec Guard Bn, Tay Ninh

Feb 1970

  • *27 VC Recon Bn, Binh Long part of 5 VC Inf Div

Mar 1970

  • 4th Bn/271 VC Inf Regt, Tay Ninh
  • 6 VC Inf Regt, Binh Long (HQ formed Apr 1970)
  • 8th Bn/ VC Inf Regt, Binh Long

Apr 1970

  • HQ 6 VC Inf Regt, Binh Long
  • 7th Bn/6 VC Inf Regt, Binh Long
  • 9th Bn/6 VC Inf Regt, Binh Long
  • 89 VC Art Bn, Binh Duong

Mar 1970

  • 1696 VC Inf Bn, Hau Nghia

Unknown

  • (VC) *Recon Bn, Tay Ninh part of Sapper Command

The list of identified units shows 22 infantry, 1 sapper, 1 recon, and 2 security battalions, along with 3 artillery and 2 air defense. MACV intelligence showed 39 VC maneuver battalions in III CTZ in Jan 1968. This would leave around 13 maneuver battalions in existence by Tet 1968 unidentified from this list. Units formed later included 8 infantry, 4 recon, 4 sapper, 1 sapper/recon, and 1 artillery battalions.

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IV CORPS TACTICAL ZONE

Jun 1958

  • 309 VC Inf Bn / D1 VC Inf Regt, Chuong Thien regiment formed 1967/68

Jun 1959

  • U Minh 10 VC LF Inf Bn, Chuong Thien, Rach Gia Province
  • D764 VC LF Inf Bn, Chuong Thien, Soc Trang Province

Jun 1960

  • 502 VC LF Inf Bn, Kien Phong

Jun 1961

  • 306th VC Inf Bn / D3 VC Inf Regt, Vinh Binh

1962

  • 504 VC LF Inf Bn, Kien Tuong

Mar 1962

  • 261A Inf Bn / DT1 VC Inf Regt, Dinh Tuong regiment formed Mar 1964

Jun 1962

  • 512 VC LF Inf Bn, Chau Doc, An Gian Province
  • 501 VC LF Inf Bn, Vinh Binh, Tra Vinh Province

1963

  • *295 VC Inf Bn, Kien Phong

Mar 1963

  • 516A VC LF Inf Bn, Kien Hoa, Ben Tre Province

Jun 1963

  • 263 VC LF Inf Bn, Kien Hoa, Ben Tre Province

Feb 1964

  • U Minh 2 VC LF Inf Bn, An Xuyen, Ca Mau Province

Mar 1964

  • HQ DT1 VC Inf Regt, Dinh Tuong only one identified bn until 1967

Jun 1964

  • O857 VC LF Inf Bn, Kien Hoa, Vinh Long Province

May 1965

  • TN3173 VC Inf Bn, Kien Giang

Dec 1966

  • 962 VC Inf Bn, An Xuyen
  • 303 VC Inf Bn / D1 VC Inf Regt, Chuong Thien regiment formed 1967/68

Jun 1967

  • 2311 VC Art Bn, Chuong Thien
  • D1 VC Inf Regt, Chuong Thien [HQ and Spt units formed later]

Nov 1967

  • 261B Inf Bn / DT1 VC Inf Regt, Dinh Tuong

Dec 1967

  • 267B VC Sapper Bn, Dinh Tuong

Jan 1968

  • 514C VC LF Inf Bn, Dinh Tuong, My Tho Province

Feb 1968

  • 301 VC Sapper / Engr Bn, Kien Giang
  • 312th VC Inf Bn / D3 VC Inf Regt, Vinh Long

Mar 1968

  • 514A VC LF Inf Bn, Go Cong
  • HQ D1 VC Inf Regt, Chuong Thien

Jun 1968

  • HQ D2 VC Inf Regt, Kien Giang
  • Z7 Inf Bn / D2 VC Inf Regt, An Xuyen

Aug 1968

  • Tay Do II VC LF Inf Bn, Phong Dinh, Can Tho Province
  • 410 VC Inf Bn, Kien Giang, Phuoc Long Group
  • Z9 Inf Bn / D2 VC Inf Regt, Kien Giang

Sep 1968

  • 23 VC Sapper Bn, Kien Giang
  • Z8 Inf Bn / D2 VC Inf Regt, Chuong Thien

Nov 1968

  • Binh Duc VC Art Bn, Dinh Tuong
  • 516B VC LF Inf Bn, Kien Hoa, Ben Tre Province

Dec 1968

  • *511 VC LF Inf Bn, Chau Doc, An Gian Province

Jan 1969

  • D5 VC Sapper Bn, Chau Doc
  • 341 VC Sapper Bn, Dinh Tuong
  • 207 VC LF Sapper Bn, Dinh Tuong, My Tho Province

Mar 1969

  • 2315 VC Art Bn, An Xuyen

Apr 1969

  • Z10 Sapper Bn, Kien Giang joined D2 VC Inf Regt

Jun 1969

  • 269B VC Sapper Bn, Dinh Tuong joined DT1 VC Inf Regt

Sep 1969

  • 271 VC Inf Bn, Kien Tuong

Mar 1970

  • 510 VC LF Inf Bn, Chau Doc, An Gian Province

Apr 1970

  • Tay Do I VC LF Inf Bn, Chuong Thien, Can Tho Province

May 1971

  • 516 VC LF Inf Bn, Kien Hoa, Ben Tre Province

Unknown

  • HQ D3 VC Inf Regt, Vinh Binh

The list of identified units shows 20 infantry, 1 sapper, and 1 artillery battalions formed by Jan 1968. MACV intelligence showed 29 VC maneuver battalions in IV CTZ Jan 1968. This might indicate that some battalions active in 1968 were later dissolved, or that some units were actually formed earlier than the dates shown above. After Jan 1968 a further 13 infantry, 7 sapper, and 2 artillery battalions are shown being formed.

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NOTES
  1. A typo in the original document? Aug 1961 seems more likely given the formation dates of its three battalions and the information on the 272 VC Infantry Regiment

 

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