Operation linebacker ii 1 what do you think of when you drive by that big b-52 at the museum being the history buff that i am, i think about vietnam, where that old buff was used the most why should i care about vietnam you ask yourself well, last time i checked theres a history section in the pfe guide, so there. “it was a near-run thing,” said the duke of wellington, after narrowly defeating napoleon at waterloo the same could just as easily be said of operation linebacker ii, what b-52 aircrews came to call the “11-day war” if not for the bravery and resilience of those american airmen, the operation might have ended in disaster. The purpose of this paper is to determine the rationale behind the us leadership's decision to choose the strategy for operation linebacker ii the operation, ordered by president nixon, lasted 11 days (18-29 december 1972) the primary objective of the operation was to coerce north vietnam to re-enter into purposeful. On may 4 he decided to mine north vietnam's harbors and open a sustained air offensive, operation linebacker, against north vietnam these actions, along with intensive air attacks in the battle areas and improved south vietnamese defenses, stymied north vietnam's offensive, leading the politburo, for the first time,. Operation linebacker ii operation linebacker ii operations were initiated on 18 december 1972 and were directed by the joint chiefs of staff (jcs) to continue until further notice the primary objective of the bombing operation would be to force the north vietnamese government to enter into purposeful. Operation rolling thunder was the name given to america's sustained bombing campaign against north vietnam during thevietnam war operation rolling thunder was a demonstration of america's near total air supremacy during the vietnam war it was started in an effort to demoralise the north vietnamese people and.
Campaigns against north vietnam, followed in 1972 by operation linebacker and operation the objectives of operation rolling thunder were to destroy the will of the north vietnamese to fight, to schelling, thomas c (1956) “an essay on bargaining,” american economic review 46, pp 281–306. Background after three years of deadlock, the peace talks in paris finally reached a major breakthrough in october 1972, hanoi decided to change their negotiating position in order to get to an agreement this move was made in the belief that president nixon could make more concessions in. The intent of this paper is to inform you about operation linebacker ii i'll explain the events leading up to the operation, discuss the strategy, and finally i'll sum up the results of a bombing campaign sir michael knight characterized in the book strategic offensive air operation as “may have played a role not unlike two.
Find out more about the history of operation rolling thunder, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more get all the facts on historycom. This series contains information on incidents involving friendly and enemy military units operating in cambodia during the vietnam war and cambodian war southeast asia province summary (seaprs), 1/1967 - 4/1973 national archives identifier: n/a data files: 1 (nips) technical documentation: 164.
Operation linebacker was the codename of a us seventh air force and us navy task force 77 air interdiction campaign conducted against the democratic republic of vietnam (north vietnam) from 9 may to 23 october 1972, during the vietnam war its purpose was to halt or slow the transportation of supplies and. The first of two essays exploring how the us capability of striking any target in the world - targets that matter - needs a better strategic backbone it was harder at the operational level—what do you have to do to affect germany's production of ball bearings—and much harder at the strategic level—what. Nixon orders the initiation of operation linebacker ii the nixon administration announces that the bombing and mining of north vietnam will resume and continue until a “settlement” is reached on december 13, north vietnamese negotiators walked out of secret talks with national security advisor henry kissinger.
February 7th: operation flaming dart a three week aerial bombing mission against north vietnamese army bases and barracks in central vietnam march 2nd: operation rolling thunder a sustained bombing campaign of north vietnam, focusing on military targets and supply routes rolling thunder lasted until the end of. This essay will address the effect the air corps tactical school strategic bombing doctrine had on the formulation of american air power theory and specifically the the official description of operation rolling thunder was “a program of measured and limited air actionagainst selected targets in the drv. Operation linebacker ii was a massive bombing campaign that brought peace in the vietnam war click here to read all about it on war history online.