World: Fresh from the North

It was just a year ago, in the Central Highlands valley of la Drang near Cambodia, that infiltrated North Vietnamese regulars for the first time chose to engage a U.S. unit headon. The result was not only the war's bloodiest battle and a stunning defeat for the Communists, who suffered 2,000 dead, but the beginning of a new phase in the war. Since then, despite heavy bombing of the North and a steady buildup of U.S. troops to interdict the southward flow of troops, infiltration has continued unabated, providing the chief source of new...

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