This is a map of the LZ Albany battle as it occurred on 17 November 1965, drawn by the Chinese Observers - who revisited the battlefield and did detailed research after the battle - and published in Beijing in 1971 (courtesy of James Trevor).
It shows the NVA units involved:
- 1st Company/1st Battalion/33rd Regiment;
- 2nd Company/1st Battalion/33rd Regiment;
- 6th Company/8th Battalion/66th Regiment;
- 7th Company/8th Battalion/66th Regiment;
- and 8th Company/8th Battalion/66th Regiment;
It depicts their maneuvers as following:
On November 16, while a 1st Air Cavalry unit is moving up northwest toward the position of 1st Battalion CP/33rd Regiment nested at the east side of Ia Drang river,
- 8th Company/8th Battalion/66th Regiment marches down southeast along the Ia Drang river,
- 6th Company/8th Battalion/66th Regiment and 7th Company/8th Battalion/66th Regiment march down on a collusion path toward the 1st Air Cavalry unit.
On November 17, around 12 o'clock,
- 6th Company/8th Battalion/66th Regiment makes contact head on with the 1st Air Cavalry unit,
- 1st Company/1st Battalion/33rd Regiment and 2nd Company/1st Battalion/33rd Regiment maneuver eastward and attack the lower and upper flanks of the 1st Air Cavalry unit respectively,
- 8th Company/8th Battalion/66th Regiment switches its direction northwestward and attacks the 1st Air Cavalry unit from behind.
The map illustrates inaccurately the activities of the American units:
- On 11.14, 1/7 Air Cav Battalion (identified as "1st Division/3rd Brigade/1st Battalion"; 3rd Brigade had another battalion: 2/7 Air Cav) was at LZ X-Ray, which was located rather at Chu Pong footstep instead of nearby Ia Drang river, as shown on the map.
- On 11.16, 1/7 Air Cav was extracted by HUEY helicopters to LZ Falcon, five and half miles east of LZ X-Ray; then from there transported by Chinooks to Camp Halloway.
- On 11.17, 2/7 Air Cav marched out of LZ X-Ray northward to LZ Albany along with 2/5 Air Cav moving to LZ Columbus.