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Across the Border. The Successes And Failures Of Operation by Major Donald V. Phillips

By Major Donald V. Phillips

This examine examines the making plans, execution, and result of US army involvement within the 1970 Cambodian incursions. Named Operation Rockcrusher, the assaults particular North Vietnamese sanctuaries in formally impartial Cambodia. Strategic tips for the operation mirrored the Nixon administration's wish to continue with troop discounts and fast "Vietnamize" the struggle in Southeast Asia. Efforts to set stipulations for a U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam, together with a covert bombing crusade of Cambodia, failed. those elements, in addition to a deteriorating political state of affairs inside Cambodia, ended in approval of the attacks. The thesis describes the operational and tactical goals that have been derived from the strategic scenario. Then, by means of discussing key parts of the crusade, the learn examines how good the USA military finished those pursuits. Reviewed in the context of chosen battlefield working platforms, the operation finds a determined "mixed bag" of luck and...

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The first half of this era consisted of unprecedented growth and material gain. The temple-mountains of Angkor Wat, erected from the ninth to the in the twelfth century, is considered one of the wonders of the ancient world. With Angkor's increased stature came a drive for regional domination. Improvements in irrigation and an effective bureaucracy advanced Khmer wealth and power, bringing in tribute from as far away as Burma{37}. Angkor made several attempts a conquering the Vietnamese kingdom of Champa to the east.

Clashing political, cultural, and religious traditions created historic animosities between the two countries. The war in Vietnam added instability to the existing tensions of the region. Despite the efforts of its government, Cambodia found itself dragged into Vietnam's war. “Neutral Cambodia,” as it was often termed to prior to 1970, would only possess the neutrality of a battlefield. Cambodia occupies approximately 70,000 square miles of the Indochina peninsula. The country lies ten degrees north of the equator on the Gulf of Thailand, making its climate tropical.

An additional report of a truck column near the airstrip gave credence to the military significance of Snoul. Perhaps frustrated at the lack of significant contact to date, Colonel Starry elected to surround and assault the town. A near fratricide between supporting attack helicopters and the 2d Squadron forced Starry to withdraw the remaining gunships. As the Sheridan light tanks and ACAVs (Armored Cavalry Assault Vehicles) of 2d Squadron advanced, elements received heavy small arms and rocket propelled grenade (RPG) fire.

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