Dating to June 9, 1967, this silent footage shows Operation Akron. In the footage elements of the 75th Cavalry are seen crashing through the jungle on a search and destroy operation. The infantry are supported by tanks that appear to be M-48 Pattons. At 1:13, a landmine has been discovered in the road and sweeps are made with mine detectors for additional devices. At about 2:22 the mine is remotely detonated. At 2:36 the hole left from destroying the mine is examined. At 8:18, a medical clinic run by the 3/5th Cavalry is shown.

The 75th Cavalry Regiment is a United States Army cavalry regiment established in 1941. Currently, only 1st Squadron (1-75 CAV), assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, is active.

Operation Akron was an operation conducted by the 1st Brigade, 9th Infantry Division and the 1st & 3rd Squadrons, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (11th ACR) in Hát Dịch, lasting from 9 to 29 June 1967. The operation commenced on 9 June and initially met little resistance. On 18 June the 3rd Squadron, 11th ACR located a recently abandoned VC camp on Slope 30 along Highway 2. That evening the 3/11th ACR established 4 separate night defensive positions west of Highway 2. At 01:00 on 19 January, the VC 1st Battalion, 274th Regiment attacked the northernmost defensive position which was the location of the squadron command post. The attack was beaten back after 1 hour by defensive fire, supporting artillery and helicopter gunships. 56 VC bodies were located around the perimeter, U.S. losses were 9 killed.

On 26 June, a VC soldier defected at Tuc Trung on Highway 20, claiming to be from the 3rd Battalion, 275th Regiment and said that his unit was based 10 km northwest of Tuc Trung. On 27 June the ARVN 18th Division commander Gen. Do Ke Giai sent a Ranger unit to probe the campsite which they found to be abandoned, but fell into a VC ambush. A 1/11th ACR task force was dispatched to the scene that evening and the following morning arrived at the site of the battle finding ARVN and VC dead. Meanwhile, an ARVN Battalion had located the VC further east and were heavily engaged and the 1/11th ACR moved to support them, blocking the escape route across the Đồng Nai river with gunship and artillery fire, however the VC were able to disengage as night fell. The following day the ARVN located and overran a VC Company. ARVN losses were 51 killed, but they claimed to have killed 167 VC while U.S. forces claimed a further 49. In a follow up operation the ARVN engaged another VC force killing 40.

Operation Akron officially concluded on 29 June, PAVN/VC losses were 412 killed, U.S. losses were 9 killed and ARVN losses 51 killed.[

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  1. Peter Ballantine says:

    Where's the sound

  2. Ben Lewis says:

    Lying 🤥🤥 thieving killers Johnson and McNamara Ben Lewis combat veteran Vietnam reporting

  3. Barry Pack says:

    There was one scene in which the ACAV had a full crew; driver TC, 2 M60 gunners and a grenadier/rifleman in the back. Nice work if you could get it. I worked with an armored cav squadron for about 3 months and the best I ever saw was a crew of three. 'Course the TC with his 50 cal. could bring serious smoke, so being light one M60 wasn't the end of the world. Tanks were OK in the jungle. It was a trade-off. A lighter tank i.e. the Sheridan, might have been better, but having that big MBT was a confidence builder.

  4. Donald Jones says:

    I was a grunt in Vietnam 1971. We worked with armor mainly in the flat lands SW of DaNang (the Arizona Territory). Didn't like to work with them cause Charlie could always hear us coming.

  5. Gary Lyons says:

    Corporate wars only good for corporations not the people drafted to fight and die in them…..

  6. bitterchild says:

    I'm thinking it would be stupid to get a tank stuck or destroyed out there in the jungle

  7. Chrisamos412 says:

    Great footage, gotta love watching a tank plow through the jungle! Very cool, thx for posting

  8. Carlos songs with lyrics says:

    Not all the time especially Onan over well-meaning Force.

  9. Christian Petersen says:

    In 67 that tank could still use a bee hive round, fleshettes ! They worked good for ani personal even in the jungle.

  10. Carlos songs with lyrics says:

    Open terrain ideal . In theak jungle very vernable from attacks. There are no defense for the side of the tanks and rear. I think the Military should consider looking in to a developing a tank with M- 60's machines-guns on the side & rear. In Vietnam the NVA ,Viet Cong. Would hit the tanks with RPG's on the sides of the tanks where there was no defense from attacks.

  11. Aaron Jones says:

    Interesting, never seen footage of a tank in Vietnam before outside of city footage. Wouldn't think they'd be a viable option in 95% of the jungle…

  12. Waswollt Ihr says:

    Ideal tank terrain….not.

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