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Hill fights : the first battle of Khe Sanh, 1967

Author: Rod Andrew, Jr.; Marine Corps University (U.S.). History Division,
Publisher: Quantico, Virginia : History Division, Marine Corps University, Washington, DC : For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Publishing Office 2017.
Series: Marines in the Vietnam War commemorative series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the spring of 1967, some of the most vicious and bloody fighting of the Vietnam War occurred in the remote northwestern corner of the Republic of Vietnam, or South Vietnam. Khe Sanh lies in the mountainous northwest corner of Quang Tri Province. As an otherwise insignificant village that few people from the outside world had ever heard of, Khe Sanh's location astride Route 9 near the demilitarized zone  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Andrew, Rod, Jr.
Hill fights
(OCoLC)1005079181
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rod Andrew, Jr.; Marine Corps University (U.S.). History Division,
ISBN: 9780160939617 0160939615
OCLC Number: 1006753661
Notes: "PCN 2017946890"--Title page verso.
Shipping list no.: 2018-0053-P.
Description: 64 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 28 cm.
Contents: Background and Strategic Debate --
Arrival of 1st Battalion, 3d Marines --
A reduced Garrison and More Contacts --
The Beginning of the Hill Fights --
Reinforcements --
Attack on the Hills --
Hill 881 North --
Renewed attacks on Hills 881 North and South --
Enemy Night Attack, 3 May --
Attack on Lang Vei --
Final Conquest on Hill 881 North --
Mopping Up --
Surrounded Reconnaissance Patrol, 9-10 May --
Aftermath --
Problems with the M16 --
Tactical and Strategic Implications.
Series Title: Marines in the Vietnam War commemorative series.
Other Titles: First battle of Khe Sanh, 1967
Responsibility: Rod Andrew, Jr.

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"In the spring of 1967, some of the most vicious and bloody fighting of the Vietnam War occurred in the remote northwestern corner of the Republic of Vietnam, or South Vietnam. Khe Sanh lies in the mountainous northwest corner of Quang Tri Province. As an otherwise insignificant village that few people from the outside world had ever heard of, Khe Sanh's location astride Route 9 near the demilitarized zone separating North and South Vietnam and just 10 kilometers east of the Laotian border made it strategically significant to American military planners and their North Vietnamese foes. Later, in 1968, the legendary siege of Khe Sanh, partly coinciding with the larger Communist Tet Offensive, would make this small village a household name among Americans and a well-known heroic chapter in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps. This narrative does not tell the story of the 1968 siege, but rather describes the equally heroic, brutal, and bloody fighting that took place around Khe Sanh during the preceding year. In the spring of 1967, various units from 3d Marine Division fought a number of ferocious battles with elements of the North Vietnamese Army, some of the best-trained and most motivated troops of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. These fierce clashes, erupting suddenly in steep mountainous terrain at close range and resulting in heavy casualties on both sides, included some of the most desperate fighting of the Vietnam War. In Marine Corps lore, they were known as the 'Hill Fights' or the 'First Battle of Khe Sanh.'"--Page 1.

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