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Of all the military assignments in Vietnam, perhaps none was more challenging than the defense of the Mekong River Delta region. Operating deep within the Viet Cong-controlled Delta, the 9th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army was charged with protecting the area and its population against Communist insurgents and ensuring the success of the South Vietnamese government's pacification program. Faced with unrelenting physical hardships, a tenacious enemy, and the region's rugged terrain, the 9th Division established strategies and quantifiable goals for completing their mission, effectively writing a blueprint for combating guerrilla warfare that influenced army tacticians for decades to come. This book details the innovative strategies of the 9th Division in their fight to overcome the Viet Cong. Based on experiences as a colonel and a division chief of staff, the volume documents how the 9th Division's combat effectiveness peaked in 1969.
The University Press of Kentucky
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978-0-8131-2648-7 (pdf version)
978-0-8131-4004-9 (epub version)
Vietnam, Mekong River, Viet Cong, 9th Infantry Division, Communism, South Vietnam, U.S. Army
Military History | United States History
Hunt, Ira A. Jr., "The 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam: Unparalleled and Unequaled" (2010). Military History. 47.
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