Lessons Learned, Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division Artillery
Operational rept. for quarterly period ending 31 Jan 1969
ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE (ARMY) WASHINGTON DC
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Throughout the period 1 November 1968 to 31 January 1969, the 9th Division Artillery supported the widely spread operations of the Division. No major changes in the nature of Division operations, as described in the previous ORLL, occurred during the period. Each brigade continued to exploit helicopter mobility, conducting as many as ten insertions daily. Contacts with the enemy were generally small, involving enemy platoons or squads. In order to support the decentralized and fast moving tactics of the maneuver forces, the artillery battalions were forced to continue the practice of splitting batteries frequently. Although several batteries were subjected to mortar attacks and a few to standoff attacks by small arms and rocket fire, no attempts to overrun battery positions occurred. Further, no barge or truck convoys were ambushed. Although the dry season began during the period, availability of suitable positions from which to support the infantry continued to be a difficult though not insurmountable problem. No significant curtailments of brigade operations were necessitated by the wet terrain and paucity of non-divisional artillery in the Divisions TAOI. The 1st and 2nd Brigades were forced occasionally to operate outside of US artillery fans.
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