The battle of khe sanh

one of the most important battles in the Vietnam war

the battle begans

the battle began on January 21, 1968. it started because of people's army of north Vietnam did a massive artillery bombardment of khe sanh which is a US base. 220 US soldiers were killed a about 800 wounded. (history.net and history.com)

how important the battle was.

it was the bloodiest battle in us history. if the us lost the base then the Vietnam army would have full use of the Ho Chi Hinh Trail to use to move there troops and supply's. But they had to take the base from about 6,000 marines.

the end of the battle

after 77 days of fighting us had held the base from the Vietnam army. It was a costly battle for both side's. The general William Westwood was the general who defended the fort of khe sanh.