The Shield in a Limited War

David Millie

in Team 19 in Vietnam

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2013 | ISBN: 9780813143262
Published online May 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780813144283 | DOI:
The Shield in a Limited War

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The chapter follows on from the Khe Sanh experience, which caused the military leadership on each side of the conflict to review their respective situations and to decide on some conceptual changes in their methods of operation. On assuming command of the 3rd Marine Division, Major General Davis introduced a new design for battle, which was to close with the enemy and to continue to provide a shield to the populated areas in Quang Tri by achieving a higher level of mobility, mainly by helicopters, with less reliance on a fixed defense of bases. Advisors involved in the counterinsurgency and pacification programs were to have a closer interface with the allied units in the shield. Firepower in Quang Tri had a prominent role in this limited war, with the allies having thirty- five battery-equivalent fire units in the area, naval gunfire support, and offensive air support. Friendly forces in the shield provided the security for the Vietnamese authorities to proceed with their activities without enemy main force interference, as the combat power of the allied shield was far superior to that of the enemy forces.

Keywords: Khe Sanh; conflict; conceptual; Davis; design; mobility; interface; firepower; naval; Vietnamese

Chapter.  5963 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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