By Peter Mersky, Tom Tullis
Identified to its pilots because the 'last of the gunfighters' because of its quartet of Colt-Browning Mk 12 20 mm cannon, the F-8 Crusader used to be numerically the main populous fighter within the US military at the beginning of America's involvement within the Vietnam clash in 1964 – a few 482 F-8C/D/Es built 17 frontline devices. It loved nice good fortune opposed to North Vietnamese Mig-17s and Mig-21s throughout the Rolling Thunder crusade of 1965-68, formally downing 18 jets, which represented fifty three consistent with cent of all Mig claims lodged through military squadrons in this interval.
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In operational terms this was of enormous importance to the Freeworld side, because it meant they could move their troops and artillery to almost any part of the theater of war that they desired, at relatively short notice. By using ﬂoating gun platforms and pontoons, ﬁrebases could even be established in rivers and swamps where no installations were possible on the ground. The US Navy’s brown water navy also provided an array of specialized armored boats to allow Task Force 117 (Mobile Riverine Force) to operate as a brigade group up and down the tricky channels and puzzling terrain of the Mekong Delta.
Both sides always tried hard to maximize the element of surprise in their attacks, ambushes and explosions, quite apart from the very many unintended fatal accidents and cases of “collateral damage” that could strike at any time. In statistical terms the threats could often be more perceived than real; but the fact remains that unspeciﬁed dangers were always thought to be lurking somewhere in the middle ground of the picture, rather than merely in the background. We must add that the geographical and cultural environment of Indochina – and actually the disciplines of military life itself – were often deeply alien to draftees airlifted straight into the jungle from the relative comforts and freedoms of cities in the USA.
The (entirely justiﬁed) fear was that if the enemy got hold of almost any piece of scrap metal or disused munitions, he would convert them into new weaponry of his own. Equally if he was able to occupy ready-made bunkers on a commanding site, he could be devilishly difﬁcult to dislodge. (US National Archives) 56 (and often very powerful) religious services in the ﬁeld. Even if the chaplain failed to appear in person, there were regular religious broadcasts on the armed forces’ radio, which also carried a variety of other patriotic and supposedly morale-building messages.