Operating deep within the Viet Cong-controlled Mekong River Delta, the 9th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army endured one of the Vietnam War's most challenging assignments. Charged with protecting the area and its population against Communist insurgents and ensuring the success of the South Vietnamese government's pacification program, the 9th Division faced physical hardships, a tenacious enemy, and rugged terrain. The 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam: Unparalleled and Unequaled covers the 9th Division's operations in South Vietnam (1967-1969), telling a story of outstanding performance of duty and extraordinary heroism against enemy forces.
Retired Major General Ira A. Hunt Jr., then a colonel and division chief of staff, witnessed firsthand the actions of the 9th Division. Prior to the arrival of the division, the security of the vital Mekong Delta region was poor and getting worse, as insurgents disrupted its political system and commerce. The division focused its efforts on finding and eliminating the enemy and assisted the Government of South Vietnam in its peacemaking efforts.
The 9th Division was indefatigable in completing its mission. Every night, squads of soldiers set ambushes within Viet Cong territory, and during the day helicopters located enemy troops and engaged them in combat. Using superior intelligence-gathering techniques in combination with innovative night and day tactical operations, the 9th Division achieved a peak in combat effectiveness. The division successfully overcame the hazardous delta environment and continued to inflict losses on the elusive Viet Cong.
The success of the division's tactics was measured by quantifiable goals, and it provided a blueprint for combating guerrillas that still influences army tacticians today. This results-oriented and analytical approach to missions set the standard for the modern infantry soldier.
A wealth of illustrative material, including photos, maps, and tables, offers a deeper understanding of the region's hazardous environment and clarifies the circumstances of the division's failures and successes. A personal and detailed description of combat in the Mekong Delta, The 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam brings the war to life and honors the division's soldiers with well-deserved appreciation for their hard work and bravery.
"" The 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam is exceptionally significant because it addresses the very controversial topic of the large-scale operations of the 9th Division in the Mekong Delta." -- Maj. Gen. (ret) David T. Zabecki, 9th Infantry Division Vietnam veteran and author of The German 1918 Offensives: A Case Study in the Operational Level of War" --
""General Hunt set about proving that the claims of the 9th Infantry Division's brilliant performance in Vietnam were founded on fact. He succeeded and far more. The book provides fascinating insight into the counterinsurgency war that characterized the Vietnam conflict. While analytical and data driven, his story is enlivened by well-placed anecdotal evidence of brilliance and courage. The adaptability of leaders and soldiers alike leads one to understand the successes of the U.S. Army that many thought impossible in this sort of conflict. A valuable contribution to the history of this controversial war." -- Jack N. Merritt, General, U.S. Army, Retired" --
""a by-the-numbers look at the only U.S. Army infantry division that was activated and trained stateside specifically to fight in Vietnam." -- The VVA Veteran" --
""When Ewell and Hunt... arrived at the 9th Division in mid-1968, they knew the previous eighteen months of the division's efforts had produced few headline victories and were certain that a new methodology was needed for success. They chose detailed statistical analysis of every part of the division's efforts... This book details this analysis system, replete with tables of figures and narrative accounts of the methodology used to test and implement new tactics and schemes of maneuver support." -- On Point" --
""This outstanding book is a must read for those trying to understand teh Vietnam War and its guerrilla warfare tactics."-- Post Library" --
|List of Maps and Figures||p. viii|
|List of Tables||p. x|
|Abbreviations and Special Terms||p. xi|
|Securing the Mekong Delta||p. 4|
|The General Offensive and General Uprising||p. 12|
|Enhancing Combat Capabilities||p. 22|
|Pacification: The Endgame||p. 79|
|Third Phase of the VC/NVA General Offensive||p. 99|
|Fourth Phase of the VC/NVA General Offensive||p. 111|
|The Take-off||p. 116|
|Post-Dong Xuan Operations||p. 137|
|Pacification Results||p. 141|
|A Total Division Effort||p. 147|
|The Division Rotates Home||p. 150|
|9th Infantry Division and Assigned and Attached Units, 1969||p. 157|
|9th Infantry Division Task Organization, January-April 1969||p. 159|
|The Story of a Booby-Trap Casualty||p. 160|
|Prisoner Phan Xuan Quy: Biographical Information and Thanh Phu Battle Account||p. 164|
|Reflection of a Prisoner||p. 175|
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Series: American Warriors
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 28th October 2010
Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88 x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43