The Battle of Khe Sanh was conducted in Khe Sanh of northwestern Quảng Trị Province, Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam), between 21 January and 9 July 1968 during the Vietnam War. The belligerent parties were elements of the United States III Marine Amphibious Force (III MAF), 1st Cavalry Division, the US Seventh Air Force, 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment, minor elements of the South Vietnamese Army (ARVN) against two to three division-size elements of the People's Army of Vietnam (generally referred to in Western sources as the North Vietnamese Army or NVA).
The American command in Saigon initially believed that combat operations around the Khe Sanh Combat Base (KSCB) during the summer of 1967 were just part of a series of minor North Vietnamese offensives in the border regions.
During the battle, a massive aerial bombardment campaign (Operation Niagara) was launched by the United States Air Force to support the Marine base. Over 100,000 tons of bombs (equivalent in destructive force to five Hiroshima-size atomic bombs) were dropped until mid-April by aircraft of the Air Force, US Navy and Marines onto the area surrounding Khe Sanh.
In March 1968, an overland relief expedition (Operation Pegasus) was launched by a combined Marine–Army/South Vietnamese task force that eventually broke through to the Marines at Khe Sanh. American commanders considered the defense of Khe Sanh a success, but shortly after the siege was lifted the new American commander in Vietnam, General Creighton Abrams, decided to dismantle the base rather than risk similar battles in the future. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖
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A three-man sniper team from the US Marine Corps(consisting of a marksman and two supporting spotters) searches for potential enemy targets in the Khe Sanh Valley while being engaged at the well-known Battle of Khe Sanh between the end of January and the beginning of June in 1968(a major part of the infamous North Vietnamese-initiated Tet Offensive) during the Vietnam War. #sniperteam#usmc#marksman#spotters#battleofkhesanh#vietnamwar
Soldiers of the US Army's 1st Cavalry Division(Airmobile) on their way towards Khe Sanh Combat Base as part of Operation Pegasus,which was a relief operation aimed at rescuing and relieving the besieged American troops at the Khe Sanh Combat Base(located not far from the 17th Parallel,the official border between US-supported South Vietnam and communist North Vietnam) during the Battle of Khe Sanh,which was part of the North Vietnamese Tet Offensive of 1968 during the Vietnam War.
From January to July of 1968,fierce fighting between North Vietnamese troops and their Viet Cong allies and the US forces took place at Khe Sanh.For over 5 months,the battle there raged on viciously until the North Vietnamese troops and the Viet Cong ceased their constant assaults on the Khe Sanh Combat Base and withdrew.Despite the success that the USA had in being able to fully control the military base and its surrounding areas once again(after the 9th of July in 1968),American troops would eventually demolish and then leave the entire base not long afterwards and this marked the first time that US forces stationed in Vietnam during the conflict there abandon a whole military base as a result of combat pressure from enemy forces. #operationpegasus#battleofkhesanh#khesanhcombatbase#tetoffensive#1968#vietnamwar