By Bernard C Nalty
Air battle over South Vietnam, 1968-1975 КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: security Dept., Air strength, Air strength heritage 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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Erdle had come to Da Lat to advise the staff of the South Vietnamese military academy on organizing an engineering curriculum, but in this emergency he commandeered an O–1 and helped handle the seventy-four sorties flown by Seventh Air Force and South Vietnamese planes. Aided by these strikes, South Vietnamese rangers and infantrymen drove the Viet Cong from Da Lat. The bombing destroyed about 200 homes and other structures, and perhaps fifty noncombatants died in the battle. 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.
Gen. Huong Xuan Lam, specifically authorized air strikes against the historic palace itself, which served as a Viet Cong redoubt. 12 The battle for Hue helped alienate an individual uniquely able to shape American public opinion. The members of the press visiting the city included Walter Cronkite, a popular and influential television commentator, who had initially accepted the idea that the United States was successfully waging war to help the South Vietnamese create a nation. By the outbreak of the Tet offensive in 1968, however, he had begun to doubt reports of steady progress, and the house-by-house fighting that he saw at Hue further disillusioned him.
In short, Westmoreland was, in Chaisson’s phrase, “personally . . ” Although Chaisson could offer “side comments and all that,” Westmoreland usually “would just say . . 18 Upon receipt of the compilation from Westmoreland’s headquarters, the 3d Air Division, commanded at the time of the Tet fighting by Maj. Gen. Selmon W. Wells, began planning the attacks, even as higher headquarters were reviewing the targets. The same list that General Wells received, called a strike 27 Air War over South Vietnam, 1968–1975 request, went also to the Commander in Chief, Strategic Air Command, Gen.