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The 9th Infantry Division in VietnamUnparalleled and Unequaled$
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Ira A. Hunt

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813126470

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813126470.001.0001

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Third Phase of the VC/NVA General Offensive

Third Phase of the VC/NVA General Offensive

(p.99) Chapter 5 Third Phase of the VC/NVA General Offensive
The 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam

Ira A. Hunt

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter narrates the third phase of the VC/NVA General Offensive. At the beginning of August 1968, enemy operations were characterized by a general evasion of contact while maintaining large battalion-sized units in anticipation of a third offensive, with Saigon as the primary objective. In August, the 1st Brigade had so beaten up the Communists that several of their units were required to merge to maintain viable units. By the end of September, the Communists had abandoned any attempts to attack Saigon from the south. The major enemy units in Long An Province that were to have participated had been badly defeated, and the Viet Cong had again dispersed the units into smaller groups and was avoiding contact. Again, the 9th Division had foiled Communist efforts to implement the third phase of the General Offensive and General Uprising in the area.

Keywords:   small-unit tactics, sniper, Saigon, Long An Province, Communist, Viet Cong

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