Battle of Long Dinh

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Battle of Long Dinh
Part of the Vietnam War
DateFebruary 26, 1964
Long Định,[where?] South Vietnam
Result Indecisive
 South Vietnam FNL Flag.svg Viet Cong
Commanders and leaders
Nguyễn Khánh ?
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).


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.


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