Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

Breaker of Armies: Air Power in the Easter Offensive and the Myth of Linebacker I and II in the Vietnam War

    Authors:
  • Phil Haun
  • Colin Jackson
| Winter 2015/16

Summary

Conventional accounts of the United States’ 1972 Linebacker I and Linebacker II deep air interdiction campaigns portray them as crucial to stopping the North Vietnamese Army’s Easter Offensive and convincing North Vietnam to sign the Paris peace accords. In fact, however, U.S. close air support and battlefield air interdiction contributed far more to achieving these outcomes than did the Linebacker campaigns.

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For Academic Citation: Phil Haun and Colin Jackson. Breaker of Armies: Air Power in the Easter Offensive and the Myth of Linebacker I and II in the Vietnam War.” Quarterly Journal: International Security, vol. 40. no. 3. (Winter 2015/16):
139–178
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