BLUFOperation Rolling Thunder was a U.S. bombing campaign against North Vietnam from 1965 to 1968.
- Began on February 24, 1965, to deter Ho Chi Minh's ambitions.
- Aimed to boost South Vietnamese morale and demonstrate U.S. determination.
- Carefully chosen targets to avoid provoking China and the Soviet Union.
- The campaign's purpose shifted to impede the enemy's supply lines.
- Ended in 1968, paving the way for negotiations in Paris.
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- MILITARY HISTORY GENERAL ARTICLES | The Runway (airforce.gov.au)
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- The Limits of Airpower or the Limits of Strategy: The Air Wars in Vietnam and Their Legacies > National Defense University Press > Publications | NDU Press