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By Major Donald V. Phillips

This research examines the making plans, execution, and result of US army involvement within the 1970 Cambodian incursions. Named Operation Rockcrusher, the assaults designated North Vietnamese sanctuaries in formally impartial Cambodia. Strategic tips for the operation mirrored the Nixon administration's wish to continue with troop rate reductions and speedy "Vietnamize" the battle in Southeast Asia. Efforts to set stipulations for a U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam, together with a covert bombing crusade of Cambodia, failed. those elements, besides a deteriorating political scenario inside of Cambodia, ended in approval of the attacks. The thesis describes the operational and tactical ambitions that have been derived from the strategic scenario. Then, via discussing key parts of the crusade, the learn examines how good the USA military complete those targets. Reviewed in the context of chosen battlefield working platforms, the operation unearths a made up our minds "mixed bag" of luck and...

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None too eager to see this potentially lucrative trade end, members of the Cambodian elite became involved as middlemen. {66} The Communists continued to modernize their logistical system to transport and disseminate these materials destined for South Vietnam. The system involved three major transport networks, the Ho Chi Minh trail from Laos, a sea route down the South Vietnamese coast, and the Sihanoukville port route (figure 3). The 150,000 troops and laborers maintained the Ho Chi Minh trail, much improved since the war against France.

Incidents of looting by US soldiers also made the news. Lieutenant Colonel Grail Brookshire, 2d Squadron Commander, sarcastically replied to such accusations: “You guys said my men systematically looted the town. ”{10} To rebut media criticism of the attack, Colonel Starry cited the discovery of a heavily traveled road and the abandoned convoy of Soviet-built trucks near the town. Heavy mortars and a fully equipped motor park with caches of 76-millimeter light tank ammunition found in Snoul further supported his contentions.

It also promotes the need to synchronize goals and objectives throughout the levels of war. It concludes that attritional warfare, a dubious legacy from Vietnam, remains a danger to the Army today. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This paper would have been impossible without the support and assistance of many people. First, I would like to thank my committee staff, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Geoff Babb, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Bill Connor, and Dr. Gary Bjorge. Their guidance and mentorship not only improved this paper, but also my development as a professional officer.

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