Hanoi's 320th Division drives 5,000 South Vietnamese troops into retreat and traps about 2,500 others in a border outpost northwest of Kontum in the Central Highlands. This was part of the ongoing North Vietnamese Nguyen Hue Offensive, also known as the "Easter Offensive," which included an invasion by 120,000 North Vietnamese troops. The offensive was based on three objectives: Quang Tri in the north, Kontum in the Central Highlands, and An Loc in the south--just 65 miles north of Saigon. If successful, the attack at Kontum would effectively cut South Vietnam in two across the Central Highlands, giving North Vietnam control of the northern half of South Vietnam. The South Vietnamese defenders were able to hold out and prevent this from happening.
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This Week in History, Apr 25 - May 1
- Apr 25, 1964
- Johnson announces appointment of Westmoreland
- Apr 25, 1972
- North Vietnamese Army close to cutting South Vietnam in two
- Apr 26, 1971
- U.S. troop strength in South Vietnam at five-year low
- Apr 26, 1972
- Nixon announces additional troop withdrawals
- Apr 27, 1968
- Humphrey announces his candidacy
- Apr 27, 1972
- North Vietnamese attack outskirts of Quang Tri
- Apr 28, 1970
- Nixon approves Cambodian incursion
- Apr 28, 1972
- North Vietnamese press South Vietnamese at Hue and Kontum
- Apr 29, 1970
- U.S.-South Vietnamese forces launch Cambodian "incursion"
- Apr 29, 1971
- New casualty figures released.
- Apr 29, 1975
- Operation Frequent Wind begins
- Apr 30, 1975
- South Vietnam surrenders
- May 01, 1969
- Senator criticizes Nixon's handling of the war
- May 01, 1972
- North Vietnamese troops capture Quang Tri
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