Strategy 1: Military Pressure 1969-71

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  • Military Pressure: 1969-1971 Bombing (S1)
    • The invasion of Cambodia
      • Clear Ho Chi Minh Trail
        • Create space for Vietnamisation
        • Reassure Saigon
          • N.Vietnam launched offensive in Laos- Lon Nol forced N.Vietnam to withdraw
      • Target COVN HQ
      • Nixon secretly used US aid
    • Madman Strategy
      • Nixon met with Theiu to discuss US withdrawal
        • However the same month 25,000 troops withdrew
          • Autumn 1970 reduced to 45,000 troops
            • Summer 1971 down to 335,000 US troops
              • US casualties began to decline
      • Nixon pressured Ho into negotiations
      • Bombing threats used to frighten Hanoi
    • Accelerated Pacification Campaign
      • 90 day time frame
      • RF and PF forces destroyed Viet Cong infrastructure
        • Clear and hold strategy
        • Failed upon US withdrawal
      • ARVN increased
        • Failed upon US withdrawal
      • Encouraged economic development
    • 1971 Invasion of Laos
      • January ARVN forces supported Laos Offensive
        • PAVN supplies cut off
          • PAVN forces defeated ARVN in Russian tanks

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