Chapter

The Take-off

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/9780813126470.003.0008
The Take-off

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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

Chapter.  8343 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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