This handbook was prepared by the 1st Infantry Division to inform new arrivals about the Divisions history and prepare them for Vietnam. It covered Vietnamese history, geography and that it was subdivided into provinces and districts, people, agriculture, customs, minority populations, religion, and most importantly the Viet Cong. In 2011 when I handbook for the first time, it was informative and interesting.
This 24 page pamphlet is written to introduce soldiers arriving in Vietnam, to its history, culture, geography and the war. The 1st Infantry Division deployed from Ft. Riley to Vietnam in 1965 and my guess is this was written about that time. Very few Americans knew it’s location or anything about Vietnam and this does a great job of informing new arrivals. The first part is a history of the “Big Red One”, our first American Army division. I rate it excellent.