Battle of Chà Là

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Battle of Chà Là
Part of the Vietnam War
Date November 23, 1963
Location Chà Là Cà Mau, South Vietnam
Result Indencisive
Belligerents
 South Vietnam
 United States
FNL Flag.svg Viet Cong
Commanders and leaders
Unknown FNL Flag.svg Nguyễn Hoài Pho
Strength
* One company of the 32nd/21st Division
* One company of regional forces
* MR9's 306th battalion
* U Minh 1 battalion
* One AA MG battalion
* Local irregulars
Casualties and losses
400+ KIA
18 aircraft
500+

The Battle of Chà Là was a battle of the Vietnam War.[1] The assault by Viet Cong forces was one in a series of attacks since the battle of Ap Bac back in January, in an attempt to recover momentum lost from the battle and its ensuing skirmishes.

The Viet Cong attacked what it called a vital weapons depot in Chà Là, Cà Mau Province. The ARVN defenders suffered more than four-hundred casualties as the Viet Cong pounded the base with a deluge of mortar and heavy machine gun fire. The US lost 18 aircraft and helicopters as they rushed in rescue the base providing close air support which left them vulnerable to Viet Cong machine positions. The siege was only broken after Viet Cong rebels withdrew after Americans severed their supply lines using pinpoint artillery fire to collapse in the walls of a narrow jungle canyon.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Từ điển bách khoa quân sự Việt Nam 2004 - Page 197 TRẬN CHÀ LÀ (23 - 24.11.1963) trận đánh do hai tiểu đoàn bộ binh (306 và U Minh) cũng Tiếu đoàn Pháo binh 207 - Quàn khu 9 và bộ đội địa phương, du kích tiến công cụm cứ điếm Chà Là (Cà Mau) gồm 3 đồn do một đại đội chủ lưc và ..
  • Quoc Vinh, Tran(1965), Quan Doi Nhan Dan: Resolutely defeat the American aggressors. Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • Lịch sử chiến thuật Quân đội Nhân dân Việt Nam 1944–1975 - Tập 2 (History of Tactics of the Vietnam People's Army 1944–1975 - Vol. 2), People's Army Publishing House, Hanoi, 2005.

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