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Cold War Files: All Units: Events: Eastertide Attack on Quang Tri Throws Southern Troops into Chaos

March 30, 1972
Eastertide Attack on Quang Tri Throws Southern Troops into Chaos

NVA Eastertide attack on Quang Tri begins. Massed North Vietnamese Army artillery open a shattering barrage, targeting South Vietnamese positions across the DMZ. Upwards of 20,000 NVA troops cross the DMZ, forcing the South Vietnamese units into a retreat. The Southern defense is thrown into complete chaos. Intelligence reports had predicted a Northern attack, but no one had expected it to come on the DMZ.

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