Failures Of The Easter Offensive Essay

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Failures of the Easter Offensive:
Mutual Miscalculations, Strategic Flaws, and the ARVN’s Reliance on U.S. Airpower

Failures of the Easter Offensive:
Mutual Miscalculations, Strategic Flaws, and the ARVN’s Heavy Reliance on U.S. Airpower
The Easter Offensive is one of the most important conflicts of the Vietnam War, as North Vietnam troops invaded South Vietnam in a widespread surprise offensive that would ultimately serve as a catalyst for the withdrawal of United States troops from Vietnam. Hoping to discredit the Vietnamization policy, disrupt pacification, and gain territorial ground in South Vietnam, North Vietnam sought military victory in launching this three-pronged attack on March 30, 1972. By the end of this conflict, neither side would emerge victorious. The ambiguous outcome of the Easter Offensive was due to the failures of all parties. The strategy of North Vietnam’s troops was flawed strategically, the Army Republic of Vietnam’s (ARVN) heavy reliance on U.S. airpower, and the mutual miscalculation and underestimation of the enemy on both sides resulted in the mutual failure of the Easter Offensive. Aware the U.S. troops were beginning to slowly withdraw from South Vietnam and believing the ARVN to be weak, North Vietnam believed it was an opportune time to launch a large scale attack to discredit the Vietnamization policy. Convinced the ARVN was too weak to produce a strong counter attack, 120,000 North Vietnamese troops with the assistance of…

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