SOUTH VIET NAM: The Citadel Recaptured

Quang Tri city, the only provincial capital in South Viet Nam to fall to the North Vietnamese, has stood as a humiliating symbol of defeat to Saigon since it was captured last May. On June 19, President Nguyen Van Thieu promised that Saigon's troops would devote the next three months to "kicking the Communists out of South Viet Nam forever." Ten days later, Saigon launched a 20,000-man counteroffensive. Its main object: Quang Tri city.

The battle for Quang Tri turned into one of the longest and bloodiest of the war. Last week, after...

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