A Raid Too Far: Operation Lam Son 719 and Vietnamization in by James H. Willbanks

By James H. Willbanks

In February 1971, the military of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) introduced an incursion into Laos in an try to minimize the Ho Chi Minh path and spoil North Vietnamese military (NVA) base parts alongside the border. This move often is the first actual attempt of Vietnamization, Pres. Richard Nixon’s application to show the scuffling with over to South Vietnamese forces as US wrestle troops have been withdrawn. US floor forces might aid the operation from inside of South Vietnam and may pave how you can the border for ARVN troops, and US air aid might conceal the South Vietnamese forces after they entered Laos, however the South Vietnamese forces could assault at the floor alone.

The operation, dubbed Lam Son 719, went rather well for the 1st few days, yet as stream grew to become slowed down the NVA rushed reinforcements to the conflict and the ARVN forces discovered themselves less than heavy assault. US airpower wreaked havoc at the North Vietnamese troops, however the South Vietnamese by no means regained momentum and eventually started to withdraw again into their very own state below heavy enemy pressure.

In this primary in-depth learn of this operation, army historian and Vietnam veteran James H. Willbanks strains the main points of conflict, analyzes what went improper, and indicates insights into the problems at present being incurred with the learning of indigenous forces.

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