Cold War, 1945-1991, Vietnam’s Final Air Campaign, Operation Linebacker I & II, May-December 1972

This addition further develops the popular and unique series studying the Cold War. By the beginning of 1972, the Americans could see the war in Vietnam being lost despite the huge expenditure of advanced military resources. – Highly Recommended


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NAME: Cold War, 1945-1991, Vietnam's Final Air Campaign, Operation 
Linebacker I & II, May-December 1972
FILE: R2815
AUTHOR: Stephen Emerson
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back 
PAGES: 128
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Vietnam War, air warfare, bombing, strategic bombing, carrier aircraft, 
heavy bombers, column warfare, asymmetric warfare, guerillas

ISBN: 1-5267-845-1

IMAGE: B2815.jpg
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DESCRIPTION:   This addition further develops the popular and unique series 
studying the Cold War. By the beginning of 1972, the Americans could see the 
war in Vietnam being lost despite the huge expenditure of advanced military
 resources. -  Highly Recommended

The Vietnam War saw the advancement of socialism in the US with stars of film joining the war on the 
side of the enemy, most notably with 'Hanoi' Jane Fonda posing on an anti-aircraft gun, simulating the 
shooting down of US warplanes. This 5th Column at home was a significant factor in the US loses and 
was mirrored by socialists in other countries who sought to lose the Cold War as it was being won. The 
socialists were supported by an increasingly socialist Main Stream Media that took every opportunity 
to search out damaging stories to demoralize the troops engaged in the fighting, and play down their 
successes. This two pronged approach did more that the combined efforts of China, Russia, and North 
Vietnam to defeat the US military.

The US military was also its own worst enemy, trying to wage asymmetric warfare with a huge 
expenditure in technology and resources against what was a classic guerilla war that was fought largely 
by an enemy on foot with minimum resources, until the final stages where regular North Vietnamese 
troops were deployed with armour and artillery. Had the US taken the approach of the British in Malaya, 
the Vietnam War could have been won militarily but the US never had much influence with the South 
Vietnamese politicians and military who seemed to take delight in alienating their people. Also, the 
British in Malaya knew the local population well and did not have public opinion at home fighting 
against them.

Linebaker I & II were the last throw of the dice in the hope that a massive air campaign would turn the 
situation around in favour of South Vietnam and the US military. It was a massive sledge hammer to 
crack a nut and it failed. The story is told here with clarity and supported by many well-selected images 
through the body of the text.