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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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The Take-off

The Take-off

(p.116) Chapter 7 The Take-off
The 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam

Ira A. Hunt

University Press of Kentucky

By the end of the first quarter in 1969, the effectiveness of combat operations had peaked, preempting Communist efforts. The brave soldiers of the division displayed extraordinary heroism in conducting more than one hundred offensive operations daily, half of which were at night, in the extremely difficult and treacherous booby-trapped terrain; this resulted in over thirty contacts per day, eliminating thousands of Viet Cong. Almost all of the contacts were minor skirmishes, keeping a constant pressure on the evading enemy. However, during this exploratory period there were five major battles, which severely punished the Viet Cong and NVA main force units. This chapter illustrates the techniques and tactics of the division, including airmobile assault (jitterbugging), seal and pile-on, ambushes, gunship, artillery and Air Force firepower, Night Searches, snipers, Tiger Scouts, RVNAF cooperation, usefulness of POWs and Hoi Chanhs, radar sightings, People Sniffers, and more.

Keywords:   Communist, Viet Cong, minor skirmishes, NVA, jitterbugging, Air Force, Tiger Scouts

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