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One of the most iconic legacies of the Vietnam War was the U.S. Army’s adoption of new airmobile operation techniques, applying cutting-edge helicopter technology to the modern battlefield. Image
The idea for airmobile warfare emerged from experimentation with helicopters during the Korean War. After the end of the conflict in Korea, doctrine was developed to combine the speed of motorized infantry units with the all-terrain mobility of helicopter technology.
The 11th ABD was reactivated in 1963 as the 11th Air Assault Division (Test), with the purpose of testing these new developments in airmobile doctrine. The first combat airmobile unit was the 1st CD (Airmobile), which arrived in Vietnam in September 1965. #USArmy #TRADOC Image
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The Vietnam War’s most iconic helicopter, the UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” was a ubiquitous transport and gunship which came to represent the conflict in the public’s imagination.

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First introduced in the 1950s, the U.S. Army soon adopted the UH-1 helicopter for use in a variety of roles. Its original designation was "HU" for "helicopter, utility" (hence the sobriquet "HUey"), which was later changed to "UH" for "utility helicopter."

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The UH-1 and its variants were the backbone of the Army’s new airmobile doctrine and performed a variety of roles. These included close air support gunships, assault aircraft for infantrymen, basic transport functions, and "air ambulances" for medical evacuation.
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An LTC during the early phase of the Vietnam War, Hal Moore earned fame for his leadership during the Battle of Ia Drang, the U.S. Army’s first major combat engagement in Vietnam. Image
Graduating from West Point shortly after WWII, Moore served in the Korean War. In 1964, he participated in the training exercises of the experimental units tasked with testing the Army’s new airmobility doctrines.

#ArmyHistory #USArmy #TRADOC #VietnamWar #Vietnam #7thCavalry Image
Moore left for Vietnam in late summer 1965, joining the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). Beginning 14 NOV 1965, Moore put his experience with airmobile tactics to good use as he led the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment in the Battle of Ia Drang.
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The M18A1 Claymore was widely used by U.S. Army soldiers during the Vietnam War, where it proved brutally effective during intense close-quarters small-unit jungle combat.

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The need for effective anti-personnel mines was first realized in the aftermath of the Korean War, where the enemy’s massive “human wave” infantry attacks revealed a need for compact, lightweight weapons that bridged the gap between hand grenades and indirect artillery fire.
The quest to fill this niche produced the M18A1 Claymore, a slightly convex rectangular anti-personnel mine consisting of 1.5 pounds of C4 explosives and 700 ball bearings, fired in a 60 degree arc with an effective range of between 50 – 100 yards.
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The Vietnam War’s most iconic infantry weapon was the M16, a revolutionary firearm which dramatically enhanced the lethality of soldiers in the conflict’s hard-fought small-unit engagements.

First employed by U.S. Special Forces early in the war with great success, the M16 far outstripped the then-standard M14 battle rifle, distinguishing itself through its lightweight construction, excellent accuracy, and superior volume of fire.
The M16 famously faced reliability issues in the early period of widespread use. Early M16’s degraded quickly and jammed often, issues which were rectified with the adoption of an improved variant, the M16A1, in 1967 as the standard U.S. Army infantry rifle.
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After a lengthy period of force reduction and “Vietnamization,” the last U.S. troops left Vietnam on 29 MAR 1973, 50 years ago today.

#Armyhistory #USArmy #TRADOC #VietnamWar
In the aftermath of the final withdrawal of U.S. ground combat troops in August 1972, the remaining U.S. military presence in Vietnam consisted largely of military advisors and their support staff.

#VietnamWarHistory #VietnamVeterans #MilitaryHistory #MACV @USArmy @TRADOC
The final “winding down” process (Operation COUNTDOWN) proceeded after the commencement of the ceasefire in JAN 1973. Over the course of the next 60 days, 23,335 U.S. troops were withdrawn, their exodus timed to correspond to the staged release of U.S. POWs. @SecArmy
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The U.S., South Vietnam, North Vietnam, and the Viet Cong had agreed to the Paris Peace Accords on 27 JAN 1973.

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Under its terms, all foreign forces were required to leave South Vietnam within 60 days, and American POWs would be repatriated. The Vietnamese had the right to determine their own future, and years of bloody conflict between North and South Vietnam would follow.
The departure of the last American ground forces on 29 MAR followed the removal of the last U.S. Army combat unit in Vietnam, the 21st Infantry Regiment’s 3rd Battalion (part of the 196th Infantry Brigade), on 11 AUG 1972.
#MilitaryHistory #POWMIA #NeverForget @SecArmy @USArmy
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🇺🇸 Let's take a journey through the #HistoryofUSA! From the early Native American civilizations to the modern-day superpower, this fascinating thread will explore key moments in the development of the United States of America. 🗽🦅
Before the arrival of Europeans, numerous Indigenous tribes thrived across the land. From the Iroquois Confederacy in the northeast to the Pueblo peoples in the southwest, their rich cultures and societies laid the groundwork for America's story. #NativeAmericanHistory
In 1492, Christopher Columbus' voyage marked the beginning of European colonization in the Americas. The Spanish, French, Dutch, and English all established settlements, profoundly impacting Indigenous peoples and the land. #Columbus #ColonialAmerica
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In this vintage 3-hour interview with historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Special Assistant to #JFK, he makes clear that President Kennedy intended to end US involvement in the #VietnamWar
after winning re-election in 1964.

(Skip to around 17:00) 👇🏽
Schlesinger goes into more detail on Kennedy and Vietnam around 56:00 when a caller asks him to elaborate further.
Thank heavens for @cspan. In the 80s and 90s, before podcasting was a thing, this was the only place to see an in-depth, longform 3 hour interview like this one. 👏🏼
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Six brigade-size U.S. Army maneuver units conducted a large-scale "search and destroy" operation in the "Iron Triangle," a Viet Cong (VC) stronghold northwest of Saigon.

#Armyhistory #USArmy #TRADOC @USArmy @TRADOC
The target area including training, supply and staging areas for a VC main force division and several local force battalions, plus regional military and political command and control, communications and support units and facilities.

#VietnamWar #Saigon #BigRedOne
After surrounding the area and establishing blocking positions, U.S. forces swept through while South Vietnamese military and police forces evacuated the civilian population from the war zone.

#TropicLightning #SkySoldiers #MilitaryHistory
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How to get the #grain out of #Ukraine?
The West has feasible options to challenge #Putin's #HungerPlan & avoid a #globalfamine.
Check out my latest piece at @TransitionsMag & see key arguments below THREAD 1/11
#Ukrainian defensive minefields around #Odessa & the #Russian #SeaBlockade are the two key challenges to establishing a secure sea lane for 🇺🇦 #grain export.
Concerning the first one, the requirements of safe shipping through minefields and effective #CoastalDefense are not incompatible, and a mine-free shipping channel to #Odessa would not seriously compromise the port's defence against #Russian #amphibious operations.
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1/ an excerpt from our lead story in last week's newsletter, on the leaked #RoeVWade decision:

"The most discouraging aspect of the leaked Roe draft opinion is its intention to vest in state legislatures final authority on abortion rights,
2/...with a directive that women seeking reproductive autonomy should vote, lobby or run for elective office to obtain their desired policy outcome.
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It will be truly pathbreaking, to watch all the #NATO Countries renaming individually their countries #Ukraine 🤪
Then surely they can join together as one and fight against #Russia !
So “Joe Biden” with baggage of defeat in Afghanistan still haunting him, not ready to engage his forces in conflict with #Russia by sending his troops to #Ukraine. Image
While the collateral damage of civilian assets like houses, school buildings, railway stations, airports and other communication & logistics infra becoming targets, impeding mobility of citizens is always a reality, more damaging is the “misinformation war”.
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1. some recommended readings to defend yourself from those mainstream media which lie us in a new war: #Ukraine:
1. read how US public was lied into the #VietnamWar which cost over 2MILLIONS civilian deaths to Vietnam and 50,000 young American lives:…
2. read how US #SIGINT (signal intelligence= #NSA intercepts) was manipulated to lie US public into the #VietnamWar:…
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Cómo eran los túneles del vietcong en Vietnam.
Una de las "armas secretas" del #vietcong, los túneles eran cavarlo con paletas y otros instrumentos, alcanzando hasta 20 m de profundidad y pudiendo llegar a decenas de kilómetros de extensión.
#Vietnam #Vietnamwar
Mientras tropas y 🚁 🇺🇸 ocupaban los cielos y los bosques durante la guerra de Vietnam los vietnamitas del norte y las fuerzas #comunistas, se valieron de esa estructura primitiva, pero extremadamente eficaz.
#vietnamese #War #militarypics #Vietnam
Cada malla subterránea podía albergar a miles de personas, por períodos que podían durar varios meses. El complejo más famoso se encuentra en el distrito de Cu Chi, a unos 70 kms al SurEste de Saigón,(la capital de del Sur) y cerca de importantes bases militares 🇺🇸.
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Update #Afghanistan
#Kabul ist gefallen bzw. wurde kampflos den #Taliban übergeben.
Der afgh. Präsident floh aus dem Land.
Daraufhin kam es im Flughafen von Kabul zu apokalyptischen Szenen.
Menschen klammerten sich an Flugzeugen, um zu fliehen.
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Zunächst zur Erinnerung.
Kaum hat gestern der Sturm auf Kabul begonnen, kapitulierte die afghanische Regierung.
Es wurde eine friedliche Machtübergabe an die #Taliban ausgehandelt.
Mehr dazu hier👇
#AfghanistanBurning #AfghanistanCrisis
Zuvor eroberten die #Taliban innerhalb einer Woche die meisten Provinzhauptstädte.
Afghanische Truppen ergaben sich meist kampflos oder wechselten die Seiten.
Im Video: ein Brigadenkommandeur unterschreibt die Übergabe von Technik und Personal seiner Brigade an die Taliban
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How anyone who respects #vets wouldn't crawl thru mud to #VoteBiden is beyond me.

After reading Trump's shameful comments, I Googled the name of the #POW whose name I wore on my wrist for years. What I learned couldn't stand in starker contrast to @realDonaldTrump.
#POW Cpt Lynn Guenther was shot down & spent 14 months in the infamous Hanoi Hilton. He said the experience taught him "the real meaning of tolerance and love - tolerance for those around us and love for the country and world we live in" (link below).…
.@realDonaldTrump You didn't avoid #Vietnam b/c you were a Conscientious Objector. You cooked up a #bonespur because you're a coward & have no commitment to serving others. Here's the #POW whose name I wore on my wrist during the War.…
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#thread Communist-led Vietnamese victory over the third(usa) imperialist occupation in as many decades happened today 45yrs ago, the socialist north and the Vietnamese ppl finally liberated and reunified the entire country.
#HoChiMinh, Vietnamese Communist leader passes away several years before reunification, he passes away in Sept 1969. His life story is an amazing one.
#HoChiMinh is a leading figure in the founding of the Chinese, French and Vietnamese communist parties founding.
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Today is #NationalVietnamWarVeteransDay, a chance to honor the brave men and women who served in the #VietnamWar.

Each and everyday, the Committee works to make sure these veterans receive the benefits they've earned. Image
Last June, the #BlueWaterNavy Vietnam Veterans Act became law.

Under this law, benefits were extended to veterans that served in the territorial waters off the coast of Vietnam and were exposed to #AgentOrange.…
Today, over 190k veterans live w/ Parkinsonism, bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, or hypertension — all effects of #AgentOrange exposure.

Read the letter Chairman @RepMarkTakano & 77 members sent to @realDonaldTrump asking him to help these veterans.…
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@EmmanuelMacron The image on the left shows a fire from 1989, and the image on the right has been online since at least 2012. A number of other outdated and unrelated photographs have also been circulated as if they depicted the 2019 #AmazonFires.…
@EmmanuelMacron Plankton that are plants, known as #phytoplankton, grow and get their own energy through photosynthesis and are responsible for producing an estimated 80% of the world’s oxygen. They need #CO2 to thrive.…
@EmmanuelMacron Many use fire to maintain farmland or to clear land.
Typically, activity peaks in early Sept & mostly stops by Nov.
#NASA satellite data indicates total fire activity across the #AmazonBasin this year has been close to the average of the past 15 years.…
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#ArtKunkin founder of the #LAFreePress, was the most visionary, most influential journalist in the history of SoCal since Lincoln Steffens.… #RestInPowers #Freep #Journalism #Media #LosAngeles #InMemoriam
In 1965, #ArtKunkin founded the #LAFreePress as an antidote to the Enslaved Press. In the midst of the #VietnamWar and the #CivilRights Movement, only #TheFreep gave us raw news and photos banished from the LA Times and TV network boob tube news.…
Memorial for #ArtKunkin of #LAFreePress

Saturday, July 6 – 2pm (open to public)

Echo Park United Methodist Church,
1226 N Alvarado St, Los Angeles

Read more:…

#RestInPower #Freep #Journalism #Media #LosAngeles #InMemoriam
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10. United States decided to label #IRGC terrorists. But who are the real terrorists? Who created, trained, armed & financed the worst terrorist groups in the world?

#Hypocrites #DoubleStandards #Liars #Warlords #USRealTerrorists
Wrong US policies in the Middle East. Sanctions against Iran. Sanctions used by the USA as a war weapon🤨👇🏼
1. United States decided to label #IRGC terrorists. But who are the real terrorists? Who created, trained, armed & financed the worst terrorist groups in the world? 🤨👇🏼…
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1] This Friday, September 21 is being recognized as National POW/MIA Recognition Day 2018 in United States of America.

Being a very grateful [and studious] #VietnamWar veteran, I have found that the beginnings of the war in SE Asia...…

#MAGA #QAnon
2]...correspond with the beginnings of the [#CIA]; which operated to create a HOT war in SVietnam, at the beginnings of the #ColdWar, and directly after the French were defeated in NVietnam.

Most recently, the #officialMIA number ...…

#MAGA #QAnon
3] ...has been reduced to 1,594. As the 'linked story' [above] states...

It is estimated that approximately 500 MIAs occurred during the ten-year period from 1953-54 to 1964-65, when operations there were held TopSecret by the [#CIA].…

#MAGA #QAnon
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1965: DCI encouraged analysts to use visuals to help explain complex problems. #VietnamWar generated increase demand for maps.
#Cartography Image
1966: #Cartography group, borrowed digitizer & compiled & digitized coastlines & international boundaries for entire world—in 1 weekend. ImageImageImageImage
1970s: Improved #cartography efficiency led to an increase in research projects, particularly in atlases & street guides. Image
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