Month: April 2018

VIETNAM WAR

Battle of Fire Support Base Ripcord, 1970

BATTLE OF FIRE SUPPORT BASE RIPCORD – VIETNAM WAR 12 March – 23 July 1970 SUMMARY An estimated 25,000 North Vietnamese soldiers attacked 4 battalions of the United States Army’s 101st Airborne Division in a 4 ½ month battle that ended with the U.S. abandoning Fire Support Base Ripcord. —-oOo—- BACKGROUND As part of Operation […]

TET OFFENSIVE

Tet Offensive, 1968

TET OFFENSIVE – VIETNAM WAR 30 January – 23 September 1968 SUMMARY Between 323,000 – 595,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces attacked more than 100 cities, villages and military installations in South Vietnam as part of the Tet Offensive (so named because it occurred during the lunar New Year known as “Tet”).  More than […]

BATTLE OF KHE SANH

Battle of Khe Sanh, 1968

BATTLE OF KHE SANH – VIETNAM WAR 21 January – 9 July 1968 SUMMARY Around 40,000 U.S. Marines and their allies fought an estimated 20,000-30,000 North Vietnamese regulars in the longest and bloodiest battle of the Vietnam War.  The Battle of Khe Sanh was part of the Tet Offense and was the first time the […]

BATTLE OF HAMBURGER HILL

Battle of Hamburger Hill, 1969

BATTLE OF HAMBURGER HILL – VIETNAM WAR 10 MAY-23 MAY 1969 SUMMARY The U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division with nearly 3,000 troops assaulted Hill 937; and took it from the occupying 1260 soldiers of the North Vietnamese 29th Regiment in a 13-day battle.  In the course of battle, the U.S. forces dropped 1,088 ½ tons […]

BATTLE OF BUNKER HILL

Battle of Bunker Hill, 1775

BATTLE OF BUNKER HILL – AMERICAN REVOLUTION 17 JUNE 1775 SUMMARY The Battle of Bunker Hill was an early battle of the American Revolution near Boston, Massachusetts where a lack of ammunition doomed the Americans to a defeat, but at a heavy cost for the British. —-oOo—- BACKGROUND After learning that the British planned on […]

BATTLE OF LEXINGTON AND CONCORD

Battle of Lexington and Concord, 1775

BATTLE OF LEXINGTON AND CONCORD – AMERICAN REVOLUTION 19 APRIL 1775 SUMMARY The Battle of Lexington and Concord was the first battle of the American Revolution and included the “the shot heard round the world.”  A surprising American victory that bolstered the confidence of the American colonists. —-oOo—- BACKGROUND Following orders of Gen. Thomas Gates, […]

BATTLE OF SARATOGA

Battle of Saratoga, 1777

BATTLE OF SARATOGA – AMERICAN REVOLUTION 19 SEPTEMBER and 7 OCTOBER 1777 SUMMARY The Battle of Saratoga was actually two battles fought 18 days apart that led to the surrender of British General John Burgoyne and 6,222 British and German troops.  —-oOo—- BACKGROUND British General John Burgoyne invaded New York from Canada and seized Fort […]

BATTLE OF TRENTON

Battle of Trenton, 1776

BATTLE OF TRENTON – AMERICAN REVOLUTION 26 DECEMBER 1776 SUMMARY Washington crosses the Delaware River with 2,400 troops to surprise attack 3 regiments of Hessians and an unit of British Light Dragoons in the pre-dawn hours of Christmas night in Trenton, New Jersey.                         […]

SIEGE OF YORKTOWN

Battle of Yorktown, 1781

SIEGE OF YORKTOWN – AMERICAN REVOLUTION 28 SEPTEMBER-19 OCTOBER 1781 SUMMARY American General George Washington led 18,900 American and French troops in the Siege of Yorktown against General, Lord Charles Cornwallis and 9,000 British and German troops at Yorktown, Virginia.  This battle culminated in the surrender of the British Army and ultimately led to the […]

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