Battle of Long Dinh
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|Battle of Long Dinh|
|Part of the Vietnam War|
|South Vietnam||Viet Cong|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Casualties and losses|
|16 killed||40 killed|
U.S. helicopter survelliance had spotted a large group of VC fighters assembling in a forest glade near Long Dinh. General Nguyễn Khánh immediately rushed his infantry forces there, using M113 armored personnel carriers.
On 26 February 1964, three-thousand ARVN soldiers encircled the VC 514th Battalion at Long Định. During the 8-hour battle, the ARVN avoided contact with the VC, instead the ARVN commander relied on air and artillery strikes to inflict damage. As a result, the VC 514th Battalion was able to slip through the gaps and successfully withdraw from the area, using sniper teams to secure river crossings.
Due to the incompetence of the ARVN at this battle, General Khánh sacked five of his division commanders.