William Westmoreland

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Person.png William Westmoreland   Sourcewatch WikiquoteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Born26 March 1914
Saxon, South Carolina, U.S.
Died18 July 2005 (Age 91)
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
Alma materUnited States Military Academy

William Childs Westmoreland was a United States Army general, most notably commander of United States forces during the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1968. He was Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 1968 to 1972.


A Document by William Westmoreland

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:Field Manual 30-31bField Manual10 March 1970Counterinsurgency
Operation Gladio
U.S. Army intelligence
Asset recruitment
Strategy of tension
An U.S. document describing top secret counterinsurgency tactics, including a "strategy of tension" involving violent attacks which are then blamed on radical left-wing groups in order to convince allied governments of the need for counter-action. It also points out the need for heavy recruiting among the officer corps and security forces in the host country.
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