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1965

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  1. 1965

  2. NLF • National Liberation Front • Political group operating in South Vietnam • Wanted to overthrow the south government

  3. Vietcong • Military Branch of NLF • Relied on Ho Chi Minh Trail • Consisted of a regular army and a guerilla army

  4. Where are they fighting?

  5. Ho Chi Minh Trail • Supply route for the Viet Cong • Brought supplies from the North to the South • Ran through Laos and Cambodia

  6. Bicycles on the trail

  7. Air Cavalry • A new type of warfare • U.S. would spot Vietnamese forces from air • Would then drop soldiers into area with helicopters

  8. General Chu Huy Man • Command of People’s Army and Viet Cong • Task is to draw the air cavalry into battle • Learn how they fight

  9. Plei Mai Special Forces Camp • Attacked by North Vietnamese soldiers • Causes the US to send in the air cavalry to locate and destroy the Vietnamese

  10. Battle of La Drang Valley

  11. Colonel Hal Moore • American Commander at La Drang

  12. Operation Crimp – Jan. 1966 • Aka Battle of Ho Bo Woods • Objective was to destroy the underground Vietcong headquarters

  13. Underground tunnels • 120 miles of tunnels • They led to the underground headquarters of the Viet Cong

  14. Crimp • Troops were flown to Cu Chi • Engineers mapped and laid out the tunnels • The task was then to destroy the tunnels

  15. Tunnel Rats • American soldiers • Tasked with going into the tunnels • Armed with a pistol and a flashlight

  16. Booby Traps of course • Punjabi Stakes

  17. Outcome of Crimp • Cleared and destroyed miles of tunnels • Captured documents and intelligence reports • Americans claimed it as a military victory