World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Battle of Kien Long

Article Id: WHEBN0030063696
Reproduction Date:

Title: Battle of Kien Long  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Farm Gate, May Offensive, Operation Medina, Operation New Life, Operation Popeye
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Battle of Kien Long

The Battle of Kiên Long was an early engagement of the Vietnam War. It was initiated by the Viet Cong invasion of the Kiên Long district in the Chương Thiện province of South Vietnam.

Battle

On April 12, 1964, three battalions of Viet Cong invaded Kiên Long, quickly overrunning the entire district. Upon gaining control of Kien Long, they executed the district chief and his family. The Army of the Republic of Vietnam, augmented by air support from the United States, responded to the invasion in force. Although the Viet Cong were operating in the daytime, they were able to hold their own against both the South Vietnamese soldiers and the American aircraft. After eight days of fierce combat in which heavy casualties were inflicted on both sides, the Viet Cong abandoned the district and were able to withdraw from Kien Long in an orderly fashion.[1]

Aftermath

Both the ARVN and Viet Cong took heavy casualties in the fight for Kien Long. Nationwide, the ARVN took one thousand casualties (200 dead, 660 wounded, and 140 missing) from April 12 to April 20; a quarter of these were suffered at Kien Long. Additionally, the battle held major strategic significance as it marked one of the very first times that large numbers of Viet Cong would successfully operate simultaneously and openly in broad daylight.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.