South Viet Nam: The Giant Spoiler

The largest American campaign of the Viet Nam war raged last week in the thick jungle of Tay Ninh province northwest of Saigon. Some 16,000 U.S. troops traded blows with an elusive Communist enemy that remained mostly hidden in his forest fastness, emerging occasionally to do vicious, bloody battle. So far, most of the blood was Red. In a week of fighting, more than 900 Viet Cong died.

As so often happens, the battle, code-named Operation Attleboro, got its start with a minor fire fight. A U.S. company on a routine rice hunt...

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