Battle of Long Dinh

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Battle of Long Dinh
Part of the Vietnam War
DateFebruary 26, 1964
Location
Long Định,[where?] South Vietnam
Result Indecisive
Belligerents
 South Vietnam FNL Flag.svg Viet Cong
Commanders and leaders
Nguyễn Khánh ?
Strength
3,000 600
Casualties and losses
16 killed 40 killed

The Battle of Long Định[where?] was a battle of the Vietnam War between the Viet Cong (VC) and the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN).

Background[edit]

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.

Operation[edit]

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.

Aftermath[edit]

Due to the incompetence of the ARVN at this battle, General Khánh sacked five of his division commanders.

References[edit]

  • Bowman, John S. (1985). The Vietnam War: An Almanac. Pharos Books. ISBN 0-911818-85-5