Endnotes for Chapter VIII
1 Tread marks discovered by scout helicopters of Troop F, 4th Cavalry, indicated that a number of tracked vehicles had moved out of a rubber planatation northwest of Krek, Cambodia, and apparently staged a practice assault against an abandoned fire support base.
2 To increase Vietnamese combat power and to fill the gaps left by redeploying U.S. units, portions of the South Vietnamese 1st and 2d Infantry Divisions and local units of the Regional and Popular Forces were combined to create the 3d Infantry Division. The 11th Armored Cavalry, drawn from the 1st Armor Brigade, became the division's organic cavalry regiment.
3 At 0800 on 2 April, after successfully defending the camp against three major enemy assaults. the 56th Regiment inexplicably gave way. The loss of Camp Carroll made the position at Mai Loc untenable, and the Marine units at that location were withdrawn over the next three days.
4 Two M113 command vehicles, approaching the bridge and unable to stop in time, ran up the sagging, inclined span and hurtled through the air for nearly a full vehicle length, landing safely in the part of the bridge that was still intact. Seconds later the span collapsed.
5 The only hindrance was demonstrators in Japan who lay down in the streets to prevent the tanks from moving from the depot to the port. Eventually an operation, much like a combat one, was mounted to move the tanks in the dead of night. It included an open telephone line to the Pentagon and was greeted with cheers in Washington, D.C., when it succeeded.

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