THE EASTER OFFENSIVESOUTH VIETNAM ON TRIAL
North predicates their conventional attacks, no longer a guerrilla or insurgency war, on an ability to
1. capture a provincial capital, any of Quang Tri, Pleiku, An Loc
2. split the country in two through the highlands
3. apply sufficient pressure close to Saigon to draw off any reserves that might have been deployed to the northern attacks in the highlands or Quang Tri areas.
A completely different type of war was now being fought.
it is a staggeringly hard fought campaign,
The NVA runs rampant from the start to the end of april.
There is a precarious balance reached in may.
The ARVN counterattacks and regains a part of what was lost, with the final clearing of Quang Tri city in september. They do not clear the PAVN from the territory of RVN, nor shut down the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
the US concludes the ARVN can now succeed.
The oil crisis of '73 & economic issues that rippled through our country laid the trap for failure.
3,500 missing in action
60,000 wounded or missing
250-700 tanks & APC's destroyed
Their own casualties not divulged
“If your son doesn’t return, then he did not survive”
enemy casualties claimed inflicted on South Vietnamese & Free World Allies
213,307 killed & wounded
more than a 1000 tanks & APC's destroyed (this is more gear than the ARVN has)
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