Hanoi’s 320th Division drives 5,000 South Vietnamese troops into retreat and traps about 2,500 others in a border outpost northwest of Kontum in the Central Highlands. This was element of the ongoing North Vietnamese Nguyen Hue Offensive, also named the “Easter Offensive,” which integrated an invasion by 120,000 North Vietnamese troops. The offensive was predicated on three objectives: Quang Tri in the north, Kontum in the Central Highlands, and An Loc in the south-just 65 miles north of Saigon. If effective, the attack at Kontum would successfully reduce South Vietnam in two over the Central Highlands, giving North Vietnam manage of the northern 1 / 2 of South Vietnam. The South Vietnamese defenders have been capable to hold on and stop this from happening.