Chapter

Fourth Phase of the VC/NVA General Offensive

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/9780813126470.003.0007
Fourth Phase of the VC/NVA General Offensive

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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

Chapter.  1705 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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