274th Regiment

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4th Regiment
Allegiance  Vietnam
Branch FNL Flag.svg National Liberation Front (until 1976)
People's Army of Vietnam (1976-present)
Type Infantry
Role Guerrilla (until 1976)
Regular infantry (1976-present)
Size Regiment
Part of 5th Infantry Division (Vietnam)
Garrison/HQ Hát Dịch
Nickname Đồng Nai

The 4th "Đồng Nai" Regiment (also known as the 274 Viet Cong Main Force Regiment or VC 274th Regiment by the US and its allies [1]) was a regiment of the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. The regiment was part of the VC Division 5 and operated in the Bien Hoa, Đồng Nai, Phước Tuy and Long Khánh provinces.

The Regiment consisted of a headquarters and three battalions (1st, 2nd and 3rd Battalions). Each battalion of the regiment consisted of a HQ, three rifle companies and a heavy weapons company. The regiment consisted of about 1,500 men, recruited from outside the area of their operation supplemented by North Vietnamese Army regulars. Local Viet Cong elements acted as scouts during operations.

The regimental HQ had eight supporting companies equipped with 82 mm mortars, 12.7 mm heavy machine guns and 75 mm recoilless rifles and communications, transport, medical and engineer companies.

The Regiment or its battalions participated in the battles of Suoi Chau Pha, Hat Dich,[2] Long Khanh and during Operation Coburg against Australian Army forces and the Battle of Phuoc Long against the Army of the Republic of Vietnam.

After the Tet Offensive in 1968, the regiment left Division 5, stayed and operated in Ba Ria-Long Khanh region, under direct command of Military Region 9.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilkins 2011, p. 191.
  2. ^ Horner 1990, pp. 457–458.
  3. ^ Major General Nguyen Hong Phuc, Website of 5th Division Veterans

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