U.S. Army Campaigns of the Vietnam War: The Drawdown 1970-1971

U.S. Army Campaigns of the Vietnam War: The Drawdown 1970-1971
The Drawdown 1970-1971
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The years 1970 and 1971 were important ones in the Vietnam War. They were also years of contrast. The American public was deeply divided—many no longer wanted to fight the war, while others wanted to win it. It was a period in which the United States fought aggressively while seeking to end the conflict through talks held in Paris, France—negotiations that were frequently as conten-tious as the battles in the field. In 1970 and 1971 the United States and its allies made progress in solidifying the security and viability of the Republic of Vietnam. Yet in no way was victory achieved, and in some respects South Vietnam would emerge more vulner-able than before. Finally, it was during these two years that the United States expanded the geographical extent of the conflict while curtailing its participation in it. The stress and confusion of the situation took its toll as soldiers tried to make sense of it all.

Illustrated with maps and photos, you will read about the major battles of the Vietnam conflict to include:

  • The Cambodian Incursion
  • The War in South Vietnam, 1970
  • Crossing the Border Again: Cambodia, 1971
  • Laos—Lam Son 719
  • Fighting Withdrawal: The War After Lam Son 719

You will also read about the innovative weapons that the Americans used during these battles, including 15,000-pound bombs, referred to as “Daisy Cutter,” launched from helicopters, plus small arms, grenades, rockets, and more were used as part of the combat tactics to provide you with some background of this conflict. 


US Department of Defense military strategists, analysts, and operational planners may be interested in this historical narrative.   Active duty, Vietnam War veterans and their families may also find this monograph engaging during a time when America continued to fight against Communistic control around the world. Historians, especially military historians, professors of World Politics and Policy, and International Political Thought may be interested in this resource.  Students pursuing courses in these areas and military science may want a copy of this text for supplemental reading or as a reference for research papers.

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Defense Dept., Army, Center of Military History
  • Birtle, Andrew J.
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  • Center of Military History Publication 76 7
  • United States Army Campaigns of the Vietnam War
  • Army History
  • Drawdown
  • Vietnam War
  • Military History
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