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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2018 8:53 p.m. PST

12 August 1969

"In early August 1969, the 1st Infantry Division determined that its old nemesis, the 9th PLAF Division, was preparing for a new offensive in Binh Duong province. By this time, the 9th Division had been reorganized and redesignated as a PAVN (NVA) division. After the massive casualties it suffered during the vicious battles in 1966 and 1967, and especially due to the division's disastrous efforts in the 1968 Tet Offensive, most of the original VC troops were gone and their replacements were all from the north. The intelligence indicators were that the enemy division might strike areas along Highway 13 between An Loc and Quan Loi from bases across the border in Cambodia. That area was now the AO of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, since that division had assumed responsibility for Binh Long province.

As that shift in TAORs occurred, the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment had been placed under the operational control of the 1st Cavalry Division. To counter the 9th Division's plans around An Loc, Maj. Gen. Elvy B. Roberts, CG of the 1st Cavalry Division, initiated Operation KENTUCKY COUGAR with the 11th ACR as reinforcement. In late July, the 1st Infantry Division placed the 1st Battalion under the operational control of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment to provide that unit with more infantry capability. As directed, the Iron Rangers moved north on Highway 13 from Lai Khe to help the cavalry block the eastward movement of the 272nd and 273rd Regiments…."
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Legion 412 May 2018 6:33 a.m. PST

An interesting battle in that very long war … And once again the US troops performed well …

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2018 9:46 a.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my good friend!. (smile)


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