1971 in the Vietnam War

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1971 in the Vietnam War
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Fire Support Base Lolo being overun during Operation Lam Son 719 - 1971.jpg
Fire Support Base Lolo falls to PAVN forces during Operation Lam Son 719
Location Vietnam
Anti-Communist forces:  South Vietnam
 United States
 South Korea
 New Zealand
Cambodia Khmer Republic
Laos Kingdom of Laos[citation needed]
Taiwan Republic of China
Communist forces:  North Vietnam
Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam Viet Cong
Cambodia Khmer Rouge
Laos Pathet Lao
 Soviet Union
South Vietnam: 1,046,250

United States: 158,120
South Korea: 45,700
Thailand: 6000
Australia : 2000
Philippines: 50

New Zealand: 100
Casualties and losses
US: 2,357 killed [1]
South Vietnam: Killed


February 8 – March 20, 1971

The Battle of Ban Dong was a major battle of the Vietnam War that took place in Laos, involving the North and South Vietnamese armies. The battle lasted from February 8 to March 20, 1971.

February 8 - March 25, 1971

Operation Lam Son 719 (Vietnamese: Chiến dịch Lam Sơn 719 or Chiến dịch đường 9 – Nam Lào) was a limited-objective offensive campaign conducted in southeastern portion of the Kingdom of Laos by the armed forces of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam). The objective of the campaign was the disruption of a possible future offensive by the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN), whose logistical system within Laos was known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail (the Truong Son Road to North Vietnam).



Operation Ranch Hand was a U.S. Military operation during part of the Vietnam War, it started in 1962 and lasted till May 1971. It involved spraying an estimated 12 million + US gallons of defoliants over rural areas of South Vietnam in an attempt to deprive the Viet Cong of vegetation cover and food.


August 20 - December 3, 1971

Operation Chenla II was a major military operation conducted by the Cambodian military (then known as FANK) during the Cambodian Civil War.

Year in numbers[edit]

Armed Force Strength KIA Reference Military costs - 1971 Military costs in 2014 US$ Reference
 South Vietnam ARVN 1,046,250 [2]
 United States US Forces 158,120 [1]
 South Korea 45,700 [2][3]
 Thailand 6000 [2]
 Australia 2000 [2]
 Philippines 50 [2]
 New Zealand 100 [2]


  1. ^ a b United States 2010
  2. ^ a b c d e f Military strengths are provided via the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City as seen in Dec 2010.
  3. ^ Leepson & Hannaford 1999, p. 209