North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong Order of Battle: ATTACHMENT B - Summary of NVA and VC battalions and regiments as of March 1972


ORDER of BATTLE (1965 - 1975)
Attachment B: Summary of NVA and VC Units March 1972
Submitted by Richard A. Rinaldi © 1999


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

Generally this summary is limited to battalions or higher. Because the list is in that format, it is sometimes difficult to work back up to subordination of all units. An asterisk indicates a border area unit (i.e., along the border) but believed to be in South Vietnam at the time. Transportation and other service-type battalions have been omitted. "RR" indicates recoilless rifle, not railroad.


I CORPS TACTICAL ZONE

Military Region 5

  • 1 VC Prod Thung Dung Bn, Quang Ngai
  • 107 NVA Hvy Wpns Spt Bn, Quang Ngai
  • 403 NVA Sapper Bn, Quang Ngai
  • 406 NVA Sapper Bn, Quang Ngai
  • 409 NVA Sapper Bn, Quang Ngai
  • 120 VC Mont Inf Bn, Quang Ngai (Mont = Montagnard?)
  • 402 NVA Sapper Bn, Quang Ngai
  • 32 NVA Recon Bn, Quang Ngai
  • 404 VC Sapper Bn, Quang Nam
  • 471 VC Naval Sapper Bn, Quang Nam

42 NVA Military Station

  • 3rd NVA Engr Bn, Thua Thien
  • 4th NVA Engr Bn, Thua Thien
  • 5th NVA Engr Bn, Thua Thien
  • 6th NVA Engr Bn, Thua Thien
  • K6 NVA Engr Bn, Thua Thien

Nong Truong 2 NVA Inf Division

  • HQ Quang Tin
  • *1 VC Inf Regt [40, 60, 90 VC Bns], Quang Tin
  • 21 NVA Inf Regt [4th, 5th, 6th Bns], Quang Ngai
  • 31 NVA Inf Regt [1st, 2nd, 3rd Bns], Quang Tin (note that NVA Regiment 31, with a different composition, is also shown listed under B-5 Front) 
  • 10 NVA Sapper Bn, Quang Tin
  • 12 NVA Art Bn, Quang Tin
  • GK40 NVA Engr Bn, Quang Tin

Front 4

  • [HQ] Quang Nam
  • 38 NVA Inf Regt [7th, 8th, 9th Bns], Quang Nam
  • 141 NVA Inf Regt [1st, 2nd, 3rd Bns], Quang Nam
  • 577 NVA RL Bn, Quang Nam
  • R20 VC Inf Bn, Quang Nam
  • T89 VC Sapper Bn, Quang Nam
  • 42 VC Recon Bn, Quang Nam
  • 91 NVA Sapper Bn, Quang Nam
  • V25 VC Inf Bn, Quang Nam
  • 575 NVA Rocket Bn, Quang Nam
  • 8 NVA Sapper Bn, Quang Nam

Quang Da Province

  • Q82 VC LF Inf Bn, Quang Nam
  • Q80 VC LF Inf Bn, Quang Nam
  • 9 NVA LF Inf Bn, Quang Nam

Quang Ngai Province

  • 83 VC LF Inf Bn, Quang Ngai
  • 48 VC LF Inf Bn, Quang Ngai
  • 40 NVA LF Inf Bn, Quang Ngai

Quang Nam Province

  • 70 VC LF Inf Bn, Quang Nam
  • 72 VC LF Inf Bn, Quang Tin
  • 74 VC LF Cmbt Spt Bn (Mortar), Quang Tin
  • D11 NVA LF Inf Bn, Quang Nam
  • 14 VC LF AA-AT Bn, Quang Tin

Military Region 6

  • 840 VC Inf Bn, Binh Thuan

Binh Tran 42 NVA Mil Station

  • 3rd , 4th, 5th, 6th, K6 NVA Engr Bns, Thua Thien

70B Corps

  • [HQ] Quang Tri
  • 304B NVA Inf Division HQ Quang Tr
    • 9 NVA Inf Regt [1st, 2nd, 3rd Bns], Quang Tri
    • 24B NVA Inf Regt [*4th, 5th, *6th Bns], Quang Tri
    • 66B NVA Inf Regt [7th, 8th, 9th Bns], Quang Tri
    • 20 NVA Sapper Bn, Quang Tri

B5 Front

  • [HQ] Quang Tri
  • 27 NVA Inf Regt [1st, 2nd, 3rd Bns], Quang Tri
  • 31 NVA Inf Regt [15th, 27th Bns], Quang Tri (also has two VC inf and two NVA sapper coys)
  • 270 NVA Inf Regt [4th, 5th, 6th Bns, 6th Air Def? Bn], Quang Tri
  • 84 NVA Rocket Regt [1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th RL Bns], Quang Tri
  • 164 NVA Art Regt [1st, *2nd, 3rd Art Bns], Quang Tri
  • 246 NVA Inf Regt[1st, 2nd, 3rd Bns], Quang Tri
  • 38 NVA Art Regt [1st, 2nd, 3rd Art Bns], Quang Tri
  • 33 Indep NVA Sapper Bn, Quang Tri

Tri Thien Hue Military Region

  • [HQ] Thua Thien
  • 4 NVA Inf Regt [K48 VC, K4C NVA Bns], Thua Thien
  • 5 NVA Inf Regt [804, 810 NVA Inf, Chi Thua II VC Sapper, 32 NVA RL Bns], Thua Thien
  • 6 NVA Inf Regt [800, 802, 806 NVA Inf, 12 NVA Sapper, 35 NVA RL Bns], Thua Thien
  • K3 NVA Sapper Bn, Thua Thien
  • K44 NVA Engr Bn, Thua Thien
  • 11A NVA Recon Bn, Thua Thien

7th NVA Front

  • [HQ] Quang Tri
  • *324B NVA Inf Division HQ, Quang Tri
    • 803 NVA Inf Regt [1st, 2nd, 3rd Bns], Thua Thien
    • 29 NVA Inf Regt [7th, 8th, 9th Bns], Thua Thien
    • 812 NVA Inf Regt [4th, 5th, 6th Bns], Quang Tri

Quang Tri Province

  • K34 NVA Rocket Bn, Quang Tri
  • 10 NVA Sapper Bn, Thua Thien
  • 814 NVA Inf Bn, Quang Tri
  • 808 NVA Inf Bn, Quang Tri

Thua Thien Province

  • Phu Loc VC LF Inf Bn, Thua Thien

NVA Sapper Combat Group

  • 126 Naval Sapper Regt, Quang Tri (battalion-sized?)

Quang Binh Province

  • 49 NVA LF Inf Bn, Quang Tri

320 NVA Inf Division

  • 52B NVA Inf Regt [HQ only], Quang Tri

[There were also 63 VC and 3 NVA companies in ARVN MR 1: 57 maneuver and 6 combat support VC, 2 maneuver and 1 combat support NVA.] - attachment C contains identified companies.

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II CORPS TACTICAL ZONE

Military Region 5

  • 407 VC Sapper Bn, Khanh Hoa

Nong Truong

  • 3 NVA Inf Division
    • HQ Binh Dinh
    • 12 NVA Inf Regt [4th, 5th, 6th Bns]
    • 2 NVA Inf Regt [1st, 2nd, 3rd Inf, 4th Sapper, 5th Art Bns], Binh Dinh
    • 90 NVA Engr Bn, Binh Dinh
    • 200 NVA Air Def Bn, Binh Dinh

Binh Dinh Province

  • 50 VC LF Inf Bn, Binh Dinh
  • E 210 VC LF Inf Bn, Binh Dinh
  • 405 VC LF Sapper Bn, Binh Dinh
  • 8 NVA LF Inf Bn, Binh Dinh

Khanh Hoa Province

  • K12 NVA LF Inf Bn, Khanh Hoa
  • Khanh Hoa VC LF Sapper Bn, Khanh Hoa

Phu Yen Province

  • 96 VC LF Inf Bn, Phu Yen
  • K13 NVA LF Inf Bn, Phu Yen
  • K14 VC LF Sapper Bn, Phu Yen
  • 9 NVA LF Inf Bn, Phu Yen

Military Region 6

  • 130 NVA Art Bn, Binh Thuan
  • A16 NVA Sapper Bn, Tuyen Duc
  • 186 VC Inf Bn, Binh Thuan
  • 240 NVA Inf Bn, Binh Thuan

Binh Thuan Province

  • 481 VC LF Inf Bn, Binh Thuan
  • 482 VC LF Inf Bn, Binh Thuan

Tuyen Duc Province

  • 810 VC LF Inf Bn, Tuyen Duc

Military Region 10

Quang Duc Province

  • D251 VC LF Inf Bn Quang Duc

B3 NVA Front

  • [HQ] Kontum
  • 24 NVA Inf Regt [4th, 5th, 6th Bns], Pleiku
  • 66 NVA Inf Regt [*7th, 8th, *9th Bns], Kontum (from Cambodia)
  • 95B NVA Inf Regt [K1, K63, K394 Bns], Pleiku
  • 28 NVA Inf Regt [K1, K2, K3 Bns], Kontum
  • 40 NVA Art Regt [K16, K33, K40 NVA Art, K32 NVA (120mm) Mortar, K30 NVA Air Def Bns], Kontum
  • K25 NVA Engr Bn, Kontum
  • K37 NVA Sapper Bn, Kontum
  • *K20 NVA Sapper Bn, Kontum (from Cambodia)
  • 631 NVA Inf Bn, Pleiku
  • K28 NVA Recon Bn, Kontum
  • K80 NVA Sapper Bn, Kontum
  • K27 NVA Guard Bn, Kontum

Darlac Province

  • E 301 VC LF Inf Bn, Darlac
  • 401 VC LF Sapper Bn, Darlac

Kontum Province

  • 304 VC LF Inf Bn, Kontum
  • 406 VC LF Sapper Bn, Kontum

Gia Lai Province

  • 408 VC LF Sapper Bn, Pleiku
  • X67 VC LF Inf Bn, Pleiku
  • K2 NVA LF Inf Bn, Binh Dinh
  • 450 VC LF Sapper Bn, Binh Dinh
  • X45 VC Inf Bn, Pleiku

[There were also 93 VC and 1 NVA companies in ARVN MR 2: 87 maneuver and 6 combat support VC, 1 maneuver NVA.]

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III CORPS TACTICAL ZONE

COSVN

  • [HQ] Tay Ninh
  • [Forward HQ], Binh Duong
  • 180 VC Security Regt [O1, *O2 VC Sec Bns], Tay Ninh
  • 46 VC Recon Bn, Tay Ninh
  • 190 VC Sec Guard Bn, Tay Ninh
  • A66 VC Strat Recon Bn, Tay Ninh

69 VC Artillery Division

  • [HQ] Tay Ninh
  • 96 NVA Art Regt [K3 and K4 NVA , K5 VC Art Bns]; Binh Long (K3 and K5), Tay Ninh (HQ and K4)
  • 208B NVA Rkt Regt (1, 2 NVA RL, 22 NVA Art Bns), Tay Ninh
  • 56 VC Air Def Bn, Tay Ninh
  • 58 VC Art Bn (Mortar), Tay Ninh

Cong Truong 5 VC Inf Division

  • HQ Phuoc Long
  • 275 VC Inf Regt [1st, 3rd Bns], Phuoc Long
  • 174 NVA Inf Regt [1st, 2nd, 3rd Bns], Tay Ninh
  • *6 VC Inf Regt [7th, *8th, *9th Bns], Binh Long
  • 22 NVA Art Bn, Binh Long
  • 24 NVA Air Def Bn, Binh Long
  • *27 VC Recon Bn, Binh Long
  • *28 VC Sapper Bn, Binh Long

Cong Truong 7 NVA Inf Division

  • HQ Tay Ninh
  • 141 NVA Inf Regt [1st, 2nd, 3rd Bns], Tay Ninh
  • 165 NVA Inf Regt [1st, 2nd, 3rd Bns], Tay Ninh
  • 209 NVA Inf Regt [K4, K5, K6 Bns], Tay Ninh
  • K22 NVA Art Bn, Tay Ninh
  • 24 NVA Air Def Bn, Tay Ninh (the duplication of the designation in CT 5 VC Inf Div is in the original document)
  • 28 NVA Engr Bn, Tay Ninh
  • 95 NVA Recon Sapper Bn, Tay Ninh

Cong Truong 9 VC Inf Division

  • HQ Tay Ninh
  • 271 VC Inf Regt [1st, *2nd, 3rd, 4th Bns], Tay Ninh
  • *272 VC Inf Regt [1st, *2nd, *3rd Bns], Tay Ninh
  • 95C NVA Inf Regt [4th, 5th, 6th Bns], Tay Ninh
  • 22 VC Art Bn, Tay Ninh
  • 24 VC Air Def Bn, Binh Long
  • T28 VC Recon Bn, Tay Ninh

Tay Ninh Province

  • D1 VC LF Inf Bn, Tay Ninh
  • D14 VC LF Inf Bn, Tay Ninh

Ba Ria SR

  • D2 VC Inf Bn, Bien Hoa
  • 8 VC Swimmer Sapper Bn, Bien Hoa
  • Doan 10 VC Sapper Bn, Bien Hoa
  • D445 VC LF Inf Bn, Long Khanh
  • 6 NVA Sapper Bn, Long Khanh
  • 74 NVA Rkt Regt [1st, 2nd, 3rd RL Bns]: Bien Hoa (HQ, 1st and 2nd) and Long Khanh (3rd)
  • 274 VC Inf Regt [1st, 2nd, 3rd Bns]: Bien Hoa (HQ and 3rd) and Long Khanh (1st and 2nd)
  • 33 NVA Inf Regt [K1, K2, K3 Bns]: Phuoc Tuy (HQ and K3), Long Khanh (K1), Binh Tuy (K2)

Thu Bien SR

  • 2 VC Inf Bn, Phuoc Long
  • D1 VC Sapper Bn, Bien Hoa
  • K1 VC Inf Bn, Binh Duong
  • K2 NVA Inf Bn, Bien Hoa
  • D2 VC Inf Bn, Long Khanh
  • K4 VC Inf Bn, Binh Duong

Sub Region 1

  • 101 NVA Inf Regt [1st, 2nd, 3rd Bns]: Binh Long (HQ), Binh Duong (1st), Hau Nghia (2nd), Tay Ninh (3rd)
  • Gia Dinh 4 NVA Sapper Bn, Gia Dinh
  • 268 VC Sapper Bn, Hau Nghia
  • 89 VC Art Bn, Binh Duong

Long An Sub Region

  • 6 VC Inf Bn, Long An
  • 12 VC Sapper/Recon Bn, Hau Nghia
  • 267 VC Inf Bn, Hau Nghia
  • 1696 VC Inf Bn, Hau Nghia
  • 211 NVA Sapper Bn, Long An
  • 506 VC Inf Bn, Long An
  • Dong Phu NVA Inf Bn, Long An
  • An My NVA Inf Bn (shows grid reference, no place name)
  • 520 VC Inf Bn (shows grid reference, no place name strength shown as 20)

Military Region 10

  • G45 NVA Inf Bn, Phuoc Long

Binh Long Province

  • 368 VC LF Inf Bn, Binh Long

Phuoc Long Province

  • D168 VC LF Inf Bn, Phuoc Long

NT 1 NVA Inf Division

  • 25 NVA Engr Bn, Tay Ninh
  • 24 NVA AA Bn, Tay Ninh (another near duplicate designation in the original document, although this is shown as AA rather than AD)

Sapper Command

  • [HQ] Nov 1965 Tay Ninh
  • 7 NVA Sapper Bn, Tay Ninh
  • 8 NVA Sapper Bn, Tay Ninh
  • 9 NVA Sapper Bn, Binh Duong
  • 10 NVA Sapper Bn, Tay Ninh
  • (VC) *Recon Bn, Tay Ninh
  • 13 NVA Sapper Bn, Binh Duong
  • D16 NVA Sapper Bn, Tay Ninh
  • D14 NVA Sapper Bn, unknown

[There were also 44 VC and 1 NVA companies in ARVN MR 3, all maneuver.]

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IV CORPS TACTICAL ZONE

Sapper Command

  • D4 NVA Sapper Bn, Chau Doc
  • D5 VC Sapper Bn, Chau Doc

Military Region 2

  • 88 NVA Inf Regt [K7, K8, K9 Inf, K10 Sapper Bns]: Dinh Tuong (HQ, K1, K2), Kien Tuong (K9), Kien Phong (K10)
  • DT1 VC Inf Regt [261A, 261B Inf, 269B Sapper Bns], Dinh Tuong
  • *295 VC Inf Bn, Kien Phong
  • Binh Duc VC Art Bn, Dinh Tuong
  • 341 VC Sapper Bn, Dinh Tuong
  • 267B VC Sapper Bn, Dinh Tuong
  • 271 VC Inf Bn, Kien Tuong

An Gian Province

  • *511 VC LF Inf Bn, Chau Doc
  • 512 VC LF Inf Bn, Chau Doc
  • 510 VC LF Inf Bn, Chau Doc

Ben Tre Province

  • 516A VC LF Inf Bn, Kien Hoa
  • 516B VC LF Inf Bn, Kien Hoa
  • 516 VC LF Inf Bn, Kien Hoa
  • 263 VC LF Inf Bn, Kien Hoa

Go Cong Province

  • 514A VC LF Inf Bn, Go Cong

Kien Phong Province

  • 502 VC LF Inf Bn, Kien Phong

Kien Tuong Province

  • 504 VC LF Inf Bn, Kien Tuong

My Tho Province

  • 514C VC LF Inf Bn, Dinh Tuong
  • 207 VC LF Sapper Bn, Dinh Tuong

Military Region 3

  • D1 VC Inf Regt [309th, 303rd Bns], Chuong Thien
  • D2 VC Inf Regt [Z7th, Z8th, Z9th Inf, Z10th Sapper Bns]: Kien Giang (HQ, 29th, 210th), An Xuyen (27th), Chuong Thien (28th)
  • D3 VC Inf Regt [306th, 312th Bns]: Vinh Binh (HQ and 306th), Vinh Long (312th)
  • 95A NVA Inf Regt [27th, 28th, 29th NVA Inf 23rd VC Sapper Bns]: Kien Giang (HQ, 23rd), An Xuyen (27th—29th)
  • 188 NVA Inf Regt [Z4, Z5, Z6 Inf, T28 Sapper Bns], Kien Giang
  • 2311 VC Art Bn, Chuong Thien
  • TN3173 VC Inf Bn, Kien Giang
  • 301 VC Sapper/Engr Bn, Kien Giang
  • 2315 VC Art Bn, An Xuyen
  • 962 VC Inf Bn, An Xuyen
  • 307 VC Inf Bn, Kien Giang

Ca Mau Province

  • U Minh 2 VC LF Inf Bn, An Xuyen

Can Tho Province

  • Tay Do I VC LF Inf Bn, Chuong Thien
  • Tay Do II VC LF Inf Bn, Phong Dinh

Rach Gia Province

  • U Minh 10 VC LF Inf Bn, Chuong Thien

Soc Trang Province

  • D764 VC LF Inf Bn, Chuong Thien

Tra Vinh Province

  • 501 VC LF Inf Bn, Vinh Binh

Vinh Long Province

  • O857 VC LF Inf Bn, Kien Hoa

Phuoc Long Group

  • 410 VC Inf Bn, Kien Giang

[There were also 107 VC companies in ARVN MR 4: 99 maneuver and 8 combat support.]

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