Project CHECO Southeast Asia Report. Air Operations in Northern Laos, 1 November 1970 - 1 April 1971
PACIFIC AIR FORCES HICKAM AFB HI CHECO DIV
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The war in Northern Laos had ominous portents as 1970-71 began. The wet season offensive just concluded by Major General Vang Paos guerrillas had been a hard-fought campaign achieving limited objectives against a determined North Vietnamese Army NVA force supplemented by some Pathet Lao PL. From the slopes adjoining the Long Tieng LS-20A airstrip, the enemy retreated slowly to the southwest rim of the Plaine des Jarres PDJ. They gave up the traditionally Lao Neutralist headquarters at Moung Soui L-108 to Vang Paos Operation LEAP FROG, but only after 40 days of attacks and counterattacks. The enemy resisted Operations LEAP FROG and COUNTERPUNCH II from August until October before giving up Ban Na LS-15 and the twin peaks of Phou Seu on the southwest rim of the PDJ. The start of the dry season, which favored the enemys advances, found the NVAPL entrenched further west than ever before at that time of year. They held pockets of resistance in friendly territory and were building up troops and supplies on the PDJ. Vang Paos exhausted guerrillas returned to the defensive after their wet season campaign had gained them only about 30 kilometers.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics