By Bernard C Nalty

Air struggle over South Vietnam, 1968-1975 КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: safety Dept., Air strength, Air strength historical past and Museums ProgramАвтор(ы): Bernard C. NaltyЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2000Количество страниц: 554ISBN: 0-16-050914-9Формат: pdf OCRРазмер: 58.2 mbRapid fifty one

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S. Air Force North American F–100s attack enemy units dug in not far from Tan Son Nhut. By the end of February, South Vietnamese Douglas A–1s and Northrop F–5s had flown some 2,500 operational sorties, about 2,200 close support or interdiction and the others flak suppression or other forms of escort. Using roughly seventy helicopters, the South Vietnamese flew almost 3,200 operational hours during the month, carrying approximately 11,500 men and 220 tons of cargo. Especially valuable during the counterattacks were twenty-eight Douglas C–47 transports 33 Air War over South Vietnam, 1968–1975 that flew 800 sorties, shuttling 7,600 men and 320 tons of cargo among various airfields.

9 If the fighting at Da Lat seemed typical of the Tet offensive — suddenly begun, bitterly fought, but involving comparatively few troops and over in a short time — the battle at Hue more closely resembled the urban combat of World War II in terms of duration, ferocity, and numbers involved. American Marines and soldiers, along with South Vietnamese troops, waged a struggle that began on January 31, the first day of Tet, but did not end until February 24 and the elimination of the last pocket of Viet Cong resistance within the walled city.

The enemy had persisted in fighting pitched battles when he could have pulled back and regrouped, as a result suffering staggering losses without gaining a permanent hold on the towns and cities. In much of the countryside, the South Vietnamese government seemed to be filling a power vacuum created by the Tet attacks, with the bloodied Viet Cong going underground. In the United States, however, the impact of Tet proved more severe, causing the nation’s leaders to seek means of limiting the American role in the conflict, thus reducing casualties, even as they dispatched reinforcements, including Air Force squadrons, to meet the immediate threat.

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