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The Struggle for Hue-The Second Phase

More Reinforcements-The Beginning of the Advance 3-4 February-Block by Block 5-8 February

More Reinforcements

By the morning of 1 February, the actual situation was becoming only too apparent to both the South Vietnamese and American troops in Hue. In Da Nang, General Lam, the I Corps Commander, and General Cushman, CG III MAF, agreed rhar the 1st ARVN Division would assume responsibility for the Citadel while Task Force X-Ray would clear that part of the city south of the Perfume River. General LaHue, the TF X-Ray commander, ordered Lieutenant Colonel Gravel's 'bobtailed' 1st Battalion, 1st Marines in southern Hue to advance to the Thua Thien provincial headquarters building and prison, a distance of six blocks west of the MACV compound. Still unaware of the extent of the enemy forces in both the old and new cities, LaHue told a group of American reporters at Phu Bai: 'Very definitely, we control the south side of the city ... I don't think they [the Communist forces] have any resupply capability, and once they use up what they brought in, they're finished.'1

Department of Defense (USMC) Photo A190400

Marine infantry advance cautiously under support of the 90mm gun of a M48 tank in street fighting in Hue. Even with the tank support, the Marines found the enemy resistance difficult to overcome in the first days of the operation.

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