Accession Number : ADA569331

Title :   Major General Melvin Zais and Hamburger Hill

Descriptive Note : Monograph

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Boian, Kelly O

PDF Url : ADA569331

Report Date : 06 Dec 2012

Pagination or Media Count : 56

Abstract : Major General Melvin Zais, a second generation Russian American, orchestrated the battle between the 29th Regiment of the People's Army of Vietnam and the 101st Airborne Division around Dong Ap Bia (Hamburger Hill), Vietnam. General Zais focused operations on and around Hamburger Hill to prevent the build up of men, weapons, and supplies in the A Shau Valley, which would have allowed for Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army forces to conduct another Tet Offensive. As General Zais developed the situation in Thua Thien Province, similarities can be drawn to an offensive he assisted in coordinating within southern France (Col de Braus) in World War II. This familiarity in size of terrain, enemy presence, and friendly tactical actions assisted Zais in his understanding of the situation at Dong Ap Bia. By conducting continuous assaults up the 937 meters of Dong Ap Bia to destroy the 29th Regiment of the People's Army of Vietnam, he prevented the perceived threat of another Tet Offensive.

Descriptors :   *BATTLES, *FRANCE, *LESSONS LEARNED, *MILITARY COMMANDERS, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *SECOND WORLD WAR, *SOUTH VIETNAM, *VIETNAM WAR, GERMANY, JUNGLES, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), MILITARY HISTORY, MOUNTAINS, NORTH VIETNAM, VALLEYS

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE