Senior Officer Debriefing Report: 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), Period 19 July 1968 to 25 May 1969
ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE (ARMY) WASHINGTON DC
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From 19 July 1968 to 25 May 1969, the 101st Airborne Division underwent major transformations in organization, operational concepts and techniques, deployment of major elements and support concepts. The Divisions area of operation, centered around the city of Hue, increased in size from an area 30 kilometers in length along the coast and ranging 40 kilometers inland toward the mountains to an area which now extends 108 kilometers in length along the coast and 70 kilometers deep to the Laotian border. Operations were conducted against the enemys lines of communication and base areas in the mountains initially, however, the Division focused primarily on the elimination of enemy forces in the coastal plains and the protection of population centers, allied lines of communications, key installations and the rice producing areas. With the virtual elimination of organized VC forces from the coastal plains through the combined efforts of the 101st Airborne Division, the 1st ARVN Division and Thua Thien Sector forces, the Division began to orient more and more on VC main force units and NVA in their base areas located in the mountainous jungle area adjacent to the Laotian border. This shift in operations was made possible by the significant improvement in the operational ability of the Regional and Popular forces to control the coastal plains and populated areas with only limited assistance from the Division.
- Unconventional Warfare