Battle for Skyline RidgeTimeline 18 December 1971 to 4 April 1972James E. Parker Jr. / Jul 18, 2019
Battle for Skyline RidgeTimeline December to April Early morning December on a fog shrouded Plaine de Jars PDJ in the Lao NE North Vietnamese main line soldiers PAVN attacked defensive positions held by Lao Thai and Hmong irre
Early morning 18 December 1971, on a fog shrouded Plaine de Jars PDJ in the Lao NE, 27,000 North Vietnamese main line soldiers PAVN attacked defensive positions held by 4,000 Lao, Thai, and Hmong irregulars in the Central Intelligence Agency s CIA mountain army The PAVN had orders to retake the PDJ, destroy the CIA force and occupy the Long Tieng Valley beyond, atEarly morning 18 December 1971, on a fog shrouded Plaine de Jars PDJ in the Lao NE, 27,000 North Vietnamese main line soldiers PAVN attacked defensive positions held by 4,000 Lao, Thai, and Hmong irregulars in the Central Intelligence Agency s CIA mountain army The PAVN had orders to retake the PDJ, destroy the CIA force and occupy the Long Tieng Valley beyond, at all cost General Nguyen Huu An, one of the best PAVN field commanders was personally assigned to command this PAVN operation, called Campaign Z, by PAVN General of the Army Giap He would be fighting Hmong General Vang Pao who commanded the CIA force Thai General Dhep would lend support.In two days the PAVN owned the Plaines, with most of the CIA force killed, captured or dispersed into the southern hills.By 9 January 1972, the two PAVN divisions supported by tanks and their enormous 130mm field guns had advance to Skyline Ridge that protected the Long Tieng valley in the north some of their forward elements occupied the high ground on the ridgeline Only a thousand Vang Pao guerrillas, some with very little military training, stood in opposition Most allied observers thought the end to the military war in Laos was near There was little hope the ridgeline and Long Tieng beyond could be held Then on 14 January 1972, two of the major newspapers in Hanoi reported that the PAVN had indeed taken the ridge and occupied Vang Pao s lair Laos was theirs.But it didn t happen For 9 weeks the PAVN attack For 9 weeks the CIA forces under Vang Pao s command held Vang Pao and Thai General Dhep clearly out maneuvered PAVN General An CIA Station Chief Tovar and US Ambassador to Laos, Mac Godley, gave strong support to Vang Pao and Dhep and to the two CIA case officers who remained in the valley during the most critical period US TacAir was lethal Hmong, Lao, and Khumu guerrilla and the Thai irregulars called, Tahan Sua Pran, shows guts and great hang for 9 weeks of almost constant combat.On 4 April General An told what remained of his attack force to retreat That they had lost 10,000 men and were badly beaten.The battle culminated the successful efforts by the CIA on direction of the President of the United States to start up and run a secret guerrilla army to preserve Lao independence It was an impressive victory against all odds for anti Communist forces in Southeast Asia.Much in this story is new, gleaned from than 700 pages of PAVN after action reports and some recently declassified US Government documents Most of the CIA participants still alive were interviewed Air America, the Ravens, Hmong, Thai irregulars, Forward Air Guides, USAID workers, wives, academicians and historians all made contributions.This is a comprehensive account of one of the CIA s largest covert operations, and one of its most successful Throughout this Timeline are rare glimpses of very memorable characters Kayak, Hog, Hardnose, Dhep, Vang Pao, Tovar, Cher Pao Moua, Red Coat, all the Ravens, all the Air America crews, Father B, Whiskey 02, PAVN Colonel Choung, PAVN General An, Gabby, Ambassador Godley, Shep, Tony Poe, Jim Glerum, Vint Lawrence and Bill Lair It is a great Never Fully Told Before story from the Vietnam War, where the good guys win.
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