The company of soldiers was advised by the high ranking soldiers to attack the village in the hope that they were confronting the members of the VC. However, the army command advised them that everyone in the village would only be a member of the VC or a sympathizer of VC. The attack involved the soldiers opening fire to the villagers early in the morning and subsequently raped young women, torturing, maiming, and executing others using automatic weapons. Further, they bayoneted old men while children and praying women were shot at in their heads killing them instantly. In a brutal and inhumane act, the soldiers rounded up groups of villagers into a ditch and opened machine gun fire on them killing hundreds of them. Eventually, the shooting and killing were stopped by a Warrant Officer Thompson from the army when he landed with an Army hel...
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In the view of the unfolding of the My Lai massacre, and the regard for the cause of the massacre in relation to the conduct of the soldiers and that of the leadership, a number of observations indicate a failure on the part of the leadership of the army. From the beginning of the deployment, it is clear that the young soldiers lacked enough exposure to conditions such as were found in Vietnam. Secondly, the leadership failed to acknowledge the fact that the VC had superior power and required advanced tactics. Thirdly, the leaders failed to carry out extensive intelligence regarding the information of the whereabouts of the VC group, and finally, they failed to control the actions of the soldiers during the invasion of the My Lai village. As such, the invasion was a failure on the side of the Charlie Company Commanders.
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