LESSONS LEARNED, OP TRUONG CONG DINH, Z(2D BRIGADE,)Z9TH INFANTRY DIVISION.
Combat after action rept. for period ending 2 Apr 68.
ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE (ARMY) WASHINGTON D C
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Operations during this period continued to substantiate the conclusion that riverine and airmobile means represent logical complements to one another. If the latter can be made more regularly available, they will make more effective the critical process of introducing blocking forces to turn the scales of significant battles with larger enemy forces. Two other considerations were clearly illustrated during the period The first is that maintenance considerations must always influence the Brigades plans for prolonged operations and the capacity to implement them. In an emergency the Mobile Riverine Force can operate virtually continuously, but a debt in increased maintenance problems and personnel fatigue must be paid later. The second consideration is that a third, battalion-sized, maneuver element should be made available to the Mobile Riverine Force. Given the enemys predisposition to avoid decisive contact with the Force assignment to it of another infantry battalion would provide the tactical flexibility to cut routes of withdrawal and fix and defeat the enemy on a more regular basis.
- Unconventional Warfare