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Department of Defense (USMC) Photo A571377

In heavy
house-to-house fighting in the Citadel, a Company C, 1st Battalion. 5th
Marines machine gunner, with his assistant close by, fires his M60 machine
gun on its tripod at an enemy position. Both Marines are laden with bandoliers
of ammunition for their weapon.

mission across the river again today. The air is full of gas. . . . We are almost used to it unless it is very heavy. We then use our masks.' In the Citadel, the 4.2-inch CS shells proved more effective than the E-8 dispensers. The rounds penetrated the tile roofs of the buildings and 'concentrated the full power of the round in the building rather than relying on the infiltration of the CS gas from outside.' Enemy prisoners testified to the demoralizing effect of the gas on their units, although some NVA officers and senior NCOs carried gas masks with them into battle.43

After heavy fighting on 17 February, Major

Thompson called another temporary halt to the advance. NVA morrars sank an LCU

attempting to resupply the battalion in the Citadel. Facing shortages in food

and ammunition, especially in 106mm rounds for the Ontos and 90mm rounds for the

tanks, Thompson rested his exhausted men until the supplies reached his

battalion. The attack was at a standstill.44

Department of Defense (USMC) Photo A190767

An exhausted Marine crew member lies on

top of his Ontos tracked vehicle among its six 106mm recoilless rifles.

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