April 25, 1972 : North Vietnamese Army close to cutting South Vietnam in two

Introduction

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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April 25, 1972 : North Vietnamese Army close to cutting South Vietnam in two

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    2009

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    April 25, 1972 : North Vietnamese Army close to cutting South Vietnam in two

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  • Access Date

    November 22, 2017

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