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Bomb Damage to Civilian Targets

Some civilian buildings destroyed by US bombs in Hanoi.

Bomb Damage to Bach Mai Hospital and Hang Co Railway Station

The US was at the forefront of the air strategy for almost a century now. The usage of strategic bombing played a major role in the allied success during the World War II. However, this air strategy led to massive civilian casualties. The firebombing of Tokyo and the bombing of Dresden were glaring evidences of that fact. As the situation deteriorated in Vietnam, the US switched from precision bombing by fighter-bombers to strategic bombing by B-52s. For Nixon, it was the show of force designed to force the Vietnamese to accept peace on US terms. The usage of B-52 logically led to the massive destructions around Hanoi and Haiphong. The most famous example was Kham Thien Street, which was almost completely demolished by bombs. Some other known targets were the French Consulate, Bach Mai Hospital, and Hang Co Railway Station. The American assertions about the doctrine of precision bombing do not hold much credibility in the face of these examples.

Bomb Damage to Civilian Targets