Case Study of a Two-Company NVA Attack on a Marine Company in a Defensive Position on Foxtrot Ridge

Published 1971

by S. G. Spring, Kathleen Harris, Jennifer Lind


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Case study of a June 1968 fire fight near Khe Sanh, South Vietnam, in which 2 North Vietnamese companies attacked a U.S. Marine company in an open-foxhole defensive position, following a 70-round mortar and artillery bombardment the previous night. The attack was unusual in that instead of advancing by bounds, the NVA advanced standing up, firing from hip and shoulder. The facts were gathered in March-April 1969 on a trip to South Vietnam and Okinawa to interview officers about fire fights in which they had participated. The outputs of the FAST-VAL simulated battle reflected all significant aspects of the real one. Supporting information is appended.

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