The War: Frontier Offensive

Clad in combat fatigues, with a dagger and a revolver buckled to his waist, Major General Olinto M. Barsanti marched up to General William C. Westmoreland at Bien Hoa airbase northeast of Saigon and declared: "The 101st Airborne Division is present for combat in Viet Nam." Arrival of the fresh troops last week marked a new and potentially crucial phase in the war. Westmoreland believes that allied troops have succeeded during 21 years of fighting in pushing the main body of Communist regulars to South Viet Nam's frontiers. Now, in response to...

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