11th August, 1972 : The last American ground combat unit in South Vietnam, the 3rd Battalion of the 21st Infantry, packed up its weapons today and left the huge base at Da Nang where the US Marines landed in March 1965 in a purely defensive role. Within days that role had been changed and the Marines went on the offensive. America’s role in the ground war is now at an end. President Nixon, faced with growing domestic unrest, is determined that the war should be “Vietnamised” and all the American troops be brought home.

About Ludwig von Gress

Born in communist Europe, interested in defence matters on a macro scale, with a cavalry “devil may care spirit” from his grandfather and cautious effectiveness of asymmetric warfare approach from his guerilla father. He sometimes despairs that he may be the only one taking the defence of Australia seriously.
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