During the period 1 February thru 30 April 1969, Division Artillery continued to support the diverse and widely spread operations of the 9th Infantry Division. The brigades exploited helicopter mobility and night operations to eliminate the enemy in record numbers. The frequency of contacts with the enemy increased significantly over the last reporting period however, the size of the contacts remained mostly with enemy squad and platoon sized elements. To support the far-ranging and dynamic tactics of the maneuver forces, the artillery habitually split batteries and displaced frequently. This was particularly applicable to operations in the 1st and 2nd Brigade areas where the absence of any non-divisional artillery necessitated many long duration 2-3 week split battery operations, and unit displacements almost daily. The dry weather during the period did permit greater mobility and considerable flexibility in selection of firing positions. There was no significant curtailment of maneuver operations due to the shortage of artillery fire units. Mobility, speed, and flexibility provided artillery support where and when it was needed.
Operational rept. for quarterly period ending 30 Apr 1969