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The 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam : Unparalleled and Unequaled - Major General Ira Augustus Hunt

The 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam

Unparalleled and Unequaled

Hardcover Published: 28th October 2010
ISBN: 9780813126470
Number Of Pages: 195

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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.

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"" 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" --

List of Maps and Figuresp. viii
List of Tablesp. x
Abbreviations and Special Termsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Securing the Mekong Deltap. 4
The General Offensive and General Uprisingp. 12
Enhancing Combat Capabilitiesp. 22
Pacification: The Endgamep. 79
Third Phase of the VC/NVA General Offensivep. 99
Fourth Phase of the VC/NVA General Offensivep. 111
The Take-offp. 116
Post-Dong Xuan Operationsp. 137
Pacification Resultsp. 141
A Total Division Effortp. 147
The Division Rotates Homep. 150
9th Infantry Division and Assigned and Attached Units, 1969p. 157
9th Infantry Division Task Organization, January-April 1969p. 159
The Story of a Booby-Trap Casualtyp. 160
Prisoner Phan Xuan Quy: Biographical Information and Thanh Phu Battle Accountp. 164
Reflection of a Prisonerp. 175
Notesp. 177
Indexp. 180
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ISBN: 9780813126470
ISBN-10: 0813126479
Series: American Warriors
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 195
Published: 28th October 2010
Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.44 x 16.13  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.44