308th Infantry Division (Vietnam)
|308th Infantry Division|
|Branch||Vietnam People's Army|
|Role||Mechanized infantry, rapid respond force|
|Part of||1st Corps|
|Garrison/HQ||Xuan Mai, Chuong My, Hanoi, Vietnam|
|Nickname||Quân Tiên Phong (Vanguard)|
|Engagements||Battle of Dien Bien Phu
Battle of Khe Sanh
Southern Laos Campaign
|Colonel Vuong Thua Vu|
||This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the Vietnamese Wikipedia. (July 2009)|
As early as January 1946, the first regiment of the PAVN, the 102 'Capital' Regiment, was created for operations around Hanoi. It consisted of Regiments 88, 102, and 36, and soon became the 308 'Vanguard' Division. By late 1950 the 308 Division had a full three infantry regiments, one heavy weapons regiment, and support units.
Under Colonel Vuong Thua Vu, the division fought at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954. It fought at the Battle of Khe Sanh in 1967-68. In October 1970, the division was in training in North Vietnam, and during the Tet Offensive it was working on flood protection dikes in North Vietnam. During Operation Lam Son 719 in 1971 the division fought as part of the B-70 Corps. In 1972 the division was commanded by Nguyễn Hữu An. It fought in the First Battle of Quang Tri. When the NVA I Corps was organized in the fall of 1973, the 308th, 312th, and 320B Divisions, having returned from the Quang Tri front, were all assigned to it.
In August 28th, 1979, the division was reorganized into the first mechanized infantry division of PAVN and became the rapid response force of the 1st Corps since then.
- Conboy, Bowra, and McCouaig, 'The NVA and Vietcong', Osprey Publishing, 1991, p.5
- Khe Sanh 1967-68 By Gordon L. Rottman, Howard Gerrard, Peter Dennis via Google Books
- Benjamin L. Harrison, Hell on a Hill Top, p.208, via Google Books
- http://www.riciok.com/Cease_Fire/cease_fire_in_mr_3_and_4.htm, accessed July 2009