Vietnam War Bibliography:

The Ho Chi Minh Trail

C.F. Black and L.J. Pipes, PREMIR: A Prediction Model for Infiltration Routes.  Santa Monica: Rand, 1971.  R-0656-ARPA.  86 pp.

Chien dich phan khong: Duong 9 Nam Lao 1971 (Counteroffensive: Highway 9 in Southern Laos, 1971). Hanoi: Vien Khoa Hoc Quan Su, 1976.

John M. Collins, "Going to Tchepone: OPLAN El Paso," Joint Force Quarterly, no. 17 (Autumn/Winter 1997/1998), pp. 118-129.

Kenneth Conboy and James Morrison, "SEALs on the Trail," Naval History 14:5 (October 2000).

John T. Correll, "Barrel Roll". Air Force Magazine 89:8 (August 2006). This article actually covers various aspects of the war in Laos, not just Operation Barrel Roll.

John T. Correll, "The Ho Chi Minh Trail". Air Force Magazine 88:3 (November 2005), pp. 62-68. Starts with a wildly exaggerated picture of the restraints on US bombing of transportation lines within North Vietnam.

John T. Correll, "Igloo White". Air Force Magazine 87:11 (November 2004), pp. 56-61. Sensors used to detect enemy movements, mainly along the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos.

Dang Phong, Five Ho Chi Minh Trails. Hanoi: The Gioi, 2012. 459 pp. Chapter 1, "The Truong Son road" (pp. 51-162), and Chapter 2, "The Petrol Pipeline" (pp. 163-186), deal with what we think of as the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

Dong Si Nguyen, Duong xuyen Truong son: hoi uc.  Hanoi: Nha Xuat Ban Quan Doi Nhan Dan, 1999.  410 pp. 2d edition (revised): Hanoi: Nha Xuat Ban Quan Doi Nhan Dan, 2001. 357 pp. By the general who commanded the Ho Chi Minh Trail from 1967 to 1975.

Dong Si Nguyen, The Trans-Truong Son Route (A Memoir). Hanoi: The Gioi, 2005. viii, 338 pp.

Dong Si Nguyen, Tron mot con duong. Hanoi: NXB Quan Doi Nhan Dan, 2012. 691 pp.

Duong mang ten bac (The Road Bearing Uncle's Name). Hanoi: Nha xuat ban Quan doi nhan dan, 1984. 326 pp. First volume of a projected three volumes on the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

Duong Ho Chi Minh tron chien tranh [The Ho Chi Minh Trail during the War]. Hanoi: NXB Chien Tri Quoc Gia, 2007.

Duong mon Ho Chi Minh - mot sang tao chien luoc cua dang.  Hanoi: Nha Xuat Ban Quan Doi Nhan Dan, 1999.

The Ho Chi Minh Trail. Hanoi: Red River (Foreign Languages Publishing House), 1982. A collection of vignettes and short stories, rather than a coherent history.

Hoang Khoi, The Ho Chi Minh Trail. Hanoi: The Gioi, 2001. 109 pp.

Hoi ky Truong son. (Hanoi?): Nha Xuat Ban Hoi Nha Van. 543 pp. A collection of accounts of the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

Khanh Van, "Hanoi Correspondent Describes Conditions on Ho Chi Minh Trail." Translation, by the US Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Report, of a long account published in installments in Quan Doi Nhan Dan. Some or all of the installments have been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University:
3d, 4th installments, Quan Doi Nhan Dan, 5, 7 March 1971, FBIS 18 March 1971, pages K 2 to K 9.
5th, 6th installment, Quan Doi Nhan Dan, 8, 9 March 1971, FBIS 19 March 1971, pages K 3 to K 5; 22 March 1971, pages K6 to K9.
7th, 8th, 9th installments, Quan Doi Nhan Dan, 12, 13, 14 March 1971, FBIS 29 March 1971, pages K 1 to K 11.
11th installment, Quan Doi Nhan Dan, 16 March 1971, FBIS 31 March 1971, pages K 1 to K 3.
12th and 13th installments, Quan Doi Nhan Dan, 17 and 18 March 1971, FBIS 7 April 1971, pages K 1 to K 8.
14th and 15th installments, Quan Doi Nhan Dan, 19 and 20 March 1971, FBIS 9 April 1971, pages K 3 to K 9.

Le Cao Dai, The Central Highlands: A North Vietnamese Journal of Life on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, 1965-1973. Annotated translation by Lady Borton. Hanoi: The Gioi, 2004. vii, 527 pp.

Le Hai Trieu, Linh Truong Son.  Hanoi: Nha Xuat Ban Quan Doi Nhan Dan, 1999.

Lich su bo doi Truong Son Duong Ho Chi Minh. Hanoi: Nha Xuat Ban Quan Doi Nhan Dan, 1994. 361 pp.

Lich su cong binh 559 duong Truong son.  Hanoi: Nha Xuat Ban Quan Doi Nhan Dan, 1999.  636 pp.

Lich su Doan 559 bo doi Truong son duong Ho Chi Minh.  Hanoi: Nha Xuat Ban Quan Doi Nhan Dan, 1999.  706 pp.

Luu Trong Lan, Ky uc Truong son: but ky.  Hanoi: Nha Xuat Ban Quan Doi Nhan Dan, 1999.  157 pp.

Luu Trong Lan, Ky uc duong Truong Son [Memoirs of the Truong Son Road]. T.P. Ho Chi Minh: NXB Tre, 2004.

Virginia Morris, with Clive A. Hills, A History of the Ho Chi Minh Trail: The Road to Freedom. Bangkok: Orchid Press, 2006. xix, 180 pp. As much a story of the authors' recent journey along the trail as a history. Extensively illustrated. The originally planned title had been The Road to Freedom: A History of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. This was changed shortly before publication, but some of the publicity for the book has used the old title rather than the new one.

Rick Newman and Don Shepperd, "A Day in the Life of the Misty FACs", Air Force Magazine 89:6 (June 2006). Mission by an F-105F based at Phu Cat, November 8, 1967.

Nguyen Can, Dong va tay Truong Son. Hanoi: NXB Lao Dong, 2000. 223 pp. I have the impression Nguyen Can served along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, as far south as Cambodia.

Senior Colonel Nguyen Viet Phuong, Van tai quan su chien luoc tren Duong Ho Chi Minh trong khang chien chong My (Strategic Military Transport on The Ho Chi Minh Trail During the War Against the United States) (first reprinting with revisions and additions). Hanoi: Tong cuc hau can, Quan doi Nhan dan (General Directorate for Rear Services, People's Army of Viet Nam), 1988. 466 pp.

Nguyen Viet Phuong, Truong Son, duong Ho Chi Minh huyen thoai [Truong Son, the legendary Ho Chi Minh road]. 2 vols. T.P. Ho Chi Minh: NXB Tre, 2004.

Phan Huu Dai, Truong Son ngay ay.  Hanoi: Thanh Nien, 1999. 288 pp.

Phan Lai Trieu, Gio nang Truong son.  TP Ho Chi Minh: Van Nghe TP Ho Chi Minh, 1999.  142 pp.

"La piste Ho Chi Minh." Transcript, television documentary aired [an otherwise unreliable source says on France-2] February 16, 1983. The text and another copy have been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University. Use of both copies, in combination, is recommended, since one of them was scanned cutting off the left edges of some of the pages, and the other was scanned cutting off the right edges of all the pages.

John Prados, The Blood Road: The Ho Chi Minh Trail and the Vietnam War. New York: Wiley, 1999. xvi, 432 pp. An important book.

John Prados, "A Window on the Enemy: Keeping an Eye on the Ho Chi Minh Trail", in The VVA Veteran, 23:2 (March/April 2003), pp. 17-20, 43. Project Hardnose.

William Rosenau, "U.S. Air Ground Operations Against the Ho Chi Minh Trail, 1966-1972," in William Rosenau, Special Operations Forces and Elusive Enemy Ground Targets (Santa Monica: Rand, 2001), pp. 5-27.

P.J. Schweitzer and J.C. Armstrong, with the assistance of A.L. Bottoms and L. Wainstein, under the supervision of G.W. Rathjens and H.W. Bode, "A Study of Data Related to Viet Cong/North Vietnamese Army Logistics and Manpower." Institute for Defense Analysis, 29 August 1966. ii, 48, 31 pp. Probably produced by the "Jason Group" under IDA. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University, in two parts: front matter and Part One: "Enemy Logistics in Support of Operations in South Vietnam", which includes considerable discussion of Market Time, and Part Two: Accuracy of Estimates of VC/NVA Strength, Attrition, and Infiltration Rates", which includes OB estimates back to 1960, and a summary of the attitudes of various intelligence agencies toward the OB shortly before the beginning of the great OB debate of 1967.

Richard L. Stevens, The Trail: A History of the Ho Chi Minh Trail and the Role of Nature in the War in Viet Nam. Hamden, CT: Garland, 1993. A useful work, but the author tries too hard to write in an entertaining fashion.

Richard L. Stevens, Mission on the Ho Chi Minh Trail: Nature, Myth, and War in Viet Nam. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1995. 271 pp.

Trong Thanh, Duong mon Ho Chi Minh: con duong huyen thoai [The Ho Chi Minh Trail: A Legendary Road].  Hanoi: Chinh Tri Quoc Gia, 1995.  91 pp.

Truong Son, Cuoc hanh trinh nam ngan ngay dem: duong Ho Chi Minh. TP Ho chi Minh: Van nghe thanh pho Ho Chi Minh, 1992. 516 pp.

Truong Son, Nhung nam thang soi dong tren duong Ho Chi Minh. TP Ho chi Minh: NXB thanh pho Ho Chi Minh, 1994. 132 pp.

Truong Son, Nhung nam thang soi dong nhat tren duong Ho Chi Minh: cuoc hanh trinh nam ngan ngay dem. TP Ho chi Minh: NXB thanh pho Ho Chi Minh, 1995. 457 pp.

Vientiane 2054 to State, June 21, 1965. 2 pp. Ambassador Sullivan reports that General Thao Ma, commander of the Royal Laotian Air Force, has been showing him how perfectly usable truck roads on the Ho Chi Minh Trail can run under jungle canopy so that U.S. Yankee Team photo-reconnaissance flights have been unable to find them. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University.

Vo Bam, Dong Si Nguyen, and Nguyen Viet Phuong, Duong ve thanh pho mang ten Bac (The road to the city bearing Uncle [Ho]'s name). Hanoi: NXB QUan Doi Nhan Dan, 2005. 594 pp.

George L. Weise, "Battle for Control of the Ho Chi Minh Trail," in Armed Forces Journal, February 15, 1971, pp. 18-22.

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