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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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Fourth Phase of the VC/NVA General Offensive

Fourth Phase of the VC/NVA General Offensive

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(p.111) Chapter 6 Fourth Phase of the VC/NVA General Offensive
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The 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam
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Ira A. Hunt

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813126470.003.0007

The division captured an enemy document in January 1969 that indicated that the fourth phase of the General Offensive and General Uprising, the Dong Xuan, a Winter-Spring Offensive, was imminent. Its objectives were to annihilate 60 percent of the enemy troops and destroy 50 percent of the enemy outposts. It was always the main Communist objective to defeat the GVN pacification program and to gain control of land and the population. The U.S. Army established a maintenance program to ensure that the maximum number of aircraft were operationally ready on a daily basis, and greatly increased aircraft utilization and operational flexibility. An important element in successful day and night operations was the capability of the commanders to utilize all of the division's available assets in the conduct of combined area operations, including artillery, gunships, and organic weapons.

Keywords:   Dong Xuan, Viet Cong, GVN pacification, Winter-Spring Offensive, aircraft utilization

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