They watched the US news and heard how distorted our press reported it and the war protesters rioting in the streets of America. We went from a planned surrender to a policy of needing to persevere for one more hour, day, week month, eventually the protesters in America would help us to achieve a victory we knew we could not win on the battlefield.
Forty-five years ago this fall, in November ofa lone, understrength battalion of the 1st Cavalry Division Airmobile ventured where no force—not the French, not the South Vietnamese army, not the newly arrived American combat troops—had ever gone: Deep into an enemy sanctuary in the forested jungles of General giap plateau in the Central Highlands where the Drang River flowed into Cambodia and, ultimately, into the Mekong River that returned to Vietnam far to the south.
Another 71 Americans had been killed in earlier, smaller skirmishes that led up to the Ia Drang battles.
In just over one month, American dead had been added to the toll from the Ia Drang fight alone. November was the deadliest month yet for the Americans, with killed.
The North Vietnamese regulars, young men who had been drafted into the military much as the young General giap men had been, had paid a much higher price to test the newcomers to an old fight: Both sides understood that the war had changed suddenly and dramatically in those few days.
At higher levels, both sides claimed victory in the Ia Drang, although those who fought and bled and watched good soldiers die all around them were loath to use so grand a word for something so tragic and terrible that would people their nightmares for a long time, or a lifetime.
The big battles began when then—Lt. He did a cautious aerial reconnaissance by helicopter and selected a football field—sized clearing at the base of the Chu Pong Massif, a 2,foot-high piece of ground that stretched to the Cambodian border and beyond for several miles.
The sketchy American intelligence Moore was provided said the area was home base for possibly a regiment of the enemy.
In fact, there were three North Vietnamese Army regiments within an easy walk of that clearing, or the equivalent of a division of very good light infantry soldiers.
Two of those enemy regiments had already been busy since arriving in the Central Highlands. It was an old guerrilla ploy that usually worked, but not here, not now. He pressed the Americans to provide continuous artillery and air cover as the column moved toward Plei Me.
When the ambush was sprung, the American artillery wreaked havoc on the North Vietnamese plan and the 33rd Regiment. Both enemy regiments withdrew toward the Ia Drang with a brigade of Air Cav troopers dogging their footsteps. Both sides understood that the war had changed suddenly and dramatically in those few days….
Both sides claimed victory.
The UH-1B Huey helicopters buzzed around the rugged area like so many bees, landing American troops among the North Vietnamese, forcing them to split up into ever-smaller groups like coveys of quail pressed hard by the hunters.
On November 3, divisional headquarters ordered Lt. Stockton and his 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry, battalion of scouts to focus attention on a particular trail alongside the Ia Drang River close to the Cambodian border.
Knowlen, to a clearing near that site. Knowlen sent out three platoon-sized ambush patrols. One of those platoons set up near the trail and began hearing the noise of a large group moving toward it on the trail.
The enemy column—men of the newly arriving 8th Battalion of the 66th Regiment—stopped yards short of the ambush and took a break.
Then they resumed the march. The Americans blew their claymore mines and emptied a magazine each from their M rifles into the confused North Vietnamese and then took off, running like hell straight back to the patrol base.
A very angry PAVN battalion was right behind them. Knowlen and his men beat back three waves of attacking North Vietnamese, but the company commander feared the next attack would overrun his position.
Knowlen radioed Stockton at his temporary base at Duc Co Special Forces Camp and begged for reinforcements as fast as possible. Stockton radioed his higher-up, Brig. They were about to make history, conducting the first nighttime heli-borne infantry assault into a very hot landing zone.Les inscriptions annuelles ont eu lieu les samedi 2 et mercredi 6 juin Interviews with a top North Vietnam Army general and two former soldiers provide important insights into the other side's perspective on the Vietnam War.
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Joe Galloway takes a hard look at the assessments of Ia Drang by the war's architects in Washington, Saigon and Hanoi: McNamara, Westmoreland, Ho and Giap.