List of allied military operations of the Vietnam War (1971)

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This article is a list of known military operations of the Vietnam War in 1971, conducted by the armed forces of the Republic of Vietnam, the Khmer Republic, the United States and their allies.

Date Duration Operation Name Unit(s) – Description Location VCNVA KIA's Allied KIA's
Jan 1 – Mar 13 Operation Greene Storm [1] 173rd Airborne Brigade operation Bình Định, Phu Bon and Pleiku Provinces
Jan 1 – Mar 31 Operation Greene Lightning [1] 173rd Airborne Brigade operation Bình Định Province
Jan 1 – Apr 31 Operation Keystone Robin (Charlie)[1] Redeployment of the 1st Cavalry Division, 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division and 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment from South Vietnam to the United States
Jan 4 – 21 Operation Golden Dragon II[2] ROK 2nd Marine Brigade clear and search operation Quảng Nam Province 1
Jan 11 – Mar 29 Operation Upshur Stream[1] 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines and 1st Battalion, 11th Marines search and destroy operation Quảng Nam Province
Jan 30 – Feb 5 Operation Dewey Canyon II[3] 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division, 101st Airborne Division and 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment operation to support the ARVN Operation Lam Son 719 effort to open Route 9 through Khe Sanh to the Laotian border and to reestablish Khe Sanh as a major combat support base Route 9 estimated 75
Feb 2 – Mar 8 Operation Ivy[1] 173rd Airborne Brigade reconnaissance operation
Feb 3 – Mar 10 Operation Hoang Dieu 103[1] III MAF, ROK 2nd Marine Brigade and ARVN 51st Regiment operation Quảng Nam Province
Feb 8 – Mar 25 Operation Lam Son 719[4] ARVN armored and airborne invasion of Laos with US airlift and air support along Route 9 to Tchepone to sever the Ho Chi Minh Trail Route 9 2163 1529 ARVN KIA, 625 MIA 215 US KIA, 38 MIA
Mar 1 – Jul 1 Operation Finney Hill[1][5] 11th Infantry Brigade and 198th Infantry Brigade operation Quảng Ngãi Province 781 93
Mar 1 – Jul 1 Operation Middlesex Peak[1] 196th Infantry Brigade, 198th Infantry Brigade and ARVN 2nd Division operation Quang Tin and Quảng Ngãi Provinces 463
Mar 9 Operation Bright Light [1] 198th Infantry Brigade POW recovery operation Quảng Ngãi Province
Mar 13 – 27 Operation Wasco Rapids[1] 198th Infantry Brigade and ARVN 2nd Division clear and search operation in Song Ve river valley, Quảng Ngãi Province
Mar 14 – Apr 21 Operation Greene Sure[1] 173rd Airborne Brigade operation Bình Định Province
Apr 8 – Jul 11 Operation Montana Mustang[6] 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division operation intended to locate and destroy enemy forces, eliminate VC infrastructure, conduct reaction/exploitation operations and assist in pacification and Vietnamization Quảng Trị Province 91 57
Apr 29 – Jul 1 Operation Caroline Hill[1] 196th Infantry Brigade operation Quảng Nam Province
May 1 – June 30 Operation Keystone Oriole (Alpha)[1] Redeployment of three infantry battalions and one air cavalry squadron from South Vietnam to the United States
May 4 – 31 Operation Toan Thang TT02[7] ARVN III Corps operation to lure the VC with a regiment placed in Snoul north of Lộc Ninh on Route 13
May 4 – June 29 Operation Quyet Thang 208[8] ARVN 2nd Division and 71st Assault Helicopter Company operation Quang Tin, Quảng Ngãi and Kon Tum Provinces
June 6–7 Operation Overlord[9] 6–7 June 1971 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment pacification operation in Long Khánh Province
Jul Operation Iron Fox[10][11] 2nd Squadron SAS, 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment and 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment/Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (ANZAC) operation against the VC 274th Regiment 12 1
Jul 1 – Aug 31 Operation Keystone Oriole (Bravo)[1] Redeployment of the 173rd Airborne Brigade from South Vietnam to the United States
Jul 1 – Oct 4 Unnamed [12] 23rd Infantry Division operation Quảng Ngãi Province 324
Aug 20 – Dec 3 Operation Chenla II[13] FANK operation against NVA to reopen Route 6 Route 6 3500+ claimed 4500+ claimed
Sep 1 – Nov 30 Operation Keystone Oriole (Charlie)[1] Redeployment of the 23rd Infantry Division, 11th Infantry Brigade and 198th Infantry Brigade from South Vietnam to the United States
Sep 6 – 25 Operation Lam Son 810[14] ARVN operation with US support to disrupt the flow of NVA supplies northern Quảng Trị Province 175 75
Sep 18 – Oct 2 Operation Ivanhoe[15] 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment/Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (ANZAC) security operation in northern Phước Tuy Province 5
Sep 28 – Oct 2 Operation Katum[1] 3/1 Cavalry and 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment security operation for the withdrawal of US personnel FSB Katum, Tây Ninh Province
Dec 1 – Jan 31 72 Operation Keystone Mallard[1] 101st Airborne Division redeployment from South Vietnam to the United States
Dec 26 – 30 Operation Proud Deep Alpha[16] USAF and USN bombing operations Route Package 1 south of the 20th Parallel 7

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Vietnam Archive Operations Database". The Vietnam Center and Archive. 
  2. ^ Cosmas, G (1986). US Marines in Vietnam: Vietnamization and Redeployment 1970-1971. US Government printing Office. p. 214. ASIN B000KA9ZRO. 
  3. ^ Fulghum, David (1984). The Vietnam Experience:South Vietnam on Trial Mid 1970-1972. Time-Life Books. ISBN 978-0-939526-10-9. 
  4. ^ Fulghum, p. 66-85
  5. ^ http://www.1-20infantry.org/finneyhill.htm
  6. ^ Adjutant General's Office (Army) (19 Aug 71). "Lessons Learned, 1st Inf Bde, 5th Inf Div (Mech), RCS CSFOR - 65 (R3)".  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ http://www.generalhieu.com/snoulthuong-2.htm
  8. ^ http://rattler-firebird.org/vietnam/unithistory/
  9. ^ "3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment". Australian War Memorial. 
  10. ^ Ian Kuring. "Australian Task Force Operations in South Vietnam 1966-1971" (PDF). 
  11. ^ "2nd Squadron, Special Air Service Regiment". Australian War Memorial. 
  12. ^ http://www.3rdmarines.net/Vietnam_Operations_by_Name.htm
  13. ^ Bowman, John S. (1989). The Vietnam War Day by Day. Mallard Books. ISBN 0-7924-5087-6. 
  14. ^ Solheim, Bruce (2008). The Vietnam War Era: A Personal Journey. Bison Books. p. 154. ISBN 978-0-8032-1775-1. 
  15. ^ "4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment – New Zealand (ANZAC)". Australian War Memorial. 
  16. ^ Tucker, Spencer (2011). The Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: A Political, Social, and Military History. ABC-CLIO. p. 939. ISBN 978-1-85109-960-3. 

References[edit]

  • John M. Carland (2000), Combat Operations, 430 pages
  • Marvin E. Gettleman (1995), Vietnam and America, 560 pages
  • Lewis Sorley (2007), A Better War: The unexamined victories and final tragedy of America's last years in Vietnam, 528 pages
  • Mark Woodruff (1999), Unheralded Victory: The defeat of the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army 1961–1973, 416 pages

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