Your history lesson for today is from the war that I was a participant…..Vietnam.
This is becoming another war that most Americans are trying hard to forget…..it has that in common with the Korean War.
Unfortunately all war is bloody but there are some battles that are more so than others. So what is the bloodiest battle of the Vietnam War?
Khe San? Tet? Hamburger Hill?
None of the above.
1971 and the invasion of Laos will have the dishonor of the title of Vietnam’s bloodiest battle….
Invasion of Laos, 1971: Lam Son 719, author Robert Sander notes, “Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) 1st Corps, appears to have suﬀered more than 7,500 casualties, and the Communist forces approximately 13,000.”
American losses are harder to estimate. But at least 250 Americans died in support of the operation.
Particularly hard-hit were US Army helicopter crews who suffered more losses than at any similar period during the war.
Despite all this the battle remains understudied.