|Which place was nastier to fight in during Vietnam- the Mekong Delta or the Central Highlands? Consider the contrasts and similarities:
1. In the Delta, the main enemy were the VC. In the Highlands, the NVA regulars ruled. Both were present in abundance.
2. The Delta was always water logged, so movement was mostly by boat followed by foot. The Highlands were rather high altitude, rarely accesible from the ground so helos were the main means of transport. (The commies came in from Cambodia by foot, truck and bike.)
3. The Delta was the most heavily civilian populated area of South Vietnam owing to the rice fields, while the Central Highlands was the least populated apart from the Montagnard tribes owing to the isolation. WHich means in the Delta, firepower usage was limited due to collateral damage concerns. In the Highlands, both sides could slug it out unrestricted.
4. The Delta was always WET meaning that troops had to be rotated out every few days to obviate immersion foot. Both Highlands and Delta were tough places to navigate.
5. Delta vegetation was mangrove swamp while the Highlands were triple canopy jungle. Both types of terrain severely restricted vision.
Anything more to add?? Like supply concerns?