South Vietnamese forces recapture Quang Tri 40 years ago this hour (1972)

Video: Sept. 15, 1972 (5:04)

(Friday, September 15, 1972, 5:00 p.m. local time, during the Easter Offensive, part of the Vietnam War) — South Vietnamese forces today regained control of Quang Tri City, ending North Vietnam’s three-plus month occupation of South Vietnam’s northernmost provincial capital, ending the Second Battle of Quang Tri.

To achieve victory, the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, backed by the United States Army, shelled more than 80,000 tons of ordnance, the destructive capacity equivalent to almost six Hiroshima-size atomic bombs.

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