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