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Introduction

Ira A. Hunt

in The 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126470
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135656 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813126470.003.0001
Introduction

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In South Vietnam the 9th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army was specifically designated to operate from a base deep within the Communist-controlled Delta with the mission to improve the security of the area so that the Government of South Vietnam's (GVN) pacification program could be successful. This book covers the two and a half years of the 9th Division's operations in South Vietnam, focusing primarily on the period from May 1968 until July 1969, when, its mission successfully completed, the division rotated back to the States. This is the story of how the 9th Infantry Division—with astute management and by employing all-source intelligence coupled with aggressive, innovative night and day tactical operations—was able to peak in combat effectiveness in 1969. The division's tactic of unrelenting pressure provides a blueprint for defeating enemy forces fighting a guerrilla war in a rural environment.

Keywords: Mekong Delta; Vietnam; tactical operations; guerrilla war; U.S. Army

Chapter.  1225 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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