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Linebacker II A View from the Rock (USAF Southeast Asia monograph series) by James R. McCarthy

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Published by Air Force History & Museums Program .
Written in English


  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975,
  • Aerial operations, American,
  • Air Force,
  • History,
  • United States.

Book details:

The Physical Object
Number of Pages208
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL8320948M
ISBN 100912799315
ISBN 109780912799315

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A very good book. Makes for an enjoyable read on a long plane ride. I was ignorant of the details of the Linebacker II operation until i read this book. The reader benefits from improvements and additional info incorporated in this text since Mr Marhall's earlier book on the subject/5(69). That book revealed an across-the-board ability to radically change complex procedures and tactics on short notice, and a commensurate ability of aircrew and support personnel to execute them to near cker II: A View from the Rock was first published in by the Airpower Research Institute of the Air War College, located at /5(12). My father and I talked about Linebacker II, but I just didn't understand. He always talked about writing a book recounting his experience. I listened, but didn't know what questions to ask. He showed me books - one of which was Karl Eschmann's Linebacker. In Linebacker II, SAC’s Bs had flown sorties out of a total of planned sorties and drop tons of bombs. North Vietnamese forces had fired about 1, SAMs. The Air Force lost 15 B bombers, which amounted to a loss rate of less than two percent.

  The size and scope of Linebacker II had given it an almost un­changeable mo­mentum—even as Meyer made his decision, it was already bus time for Andersen’s Day Four crews. Desperately short of options, SAC held back all Andersen bombers on Days Four and Five, buying time for essential analysis and : Smauro. Operation Linebacker II was a US Seventh Air Force and U.S. Navy Task Force 77 aerial bombing campaign, conducted against targets in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) during the final period of US involvement in the Vietnam operation was conducted from 18 to 29 December , leading to several informal names such as "The December Raids" and "The Christmas Bombings". Office of History, in his book War From Above the Clouds. For years, air operations over Vietnam were hobbled by White House constraints on what targets Bombs ready to be loaded onto Andersen Bs in preparation for Linebacker II. Bs at Andersen AFB, Guam, during the runup to Operation Linebacker II. DOD photo USAF photo. Based on this insider information, Michel wrote his new book, which might be the final word on the eleven-day air-to-ground Linebacker II campaign.” —VVA Veteran “This book provides a very enjoyable read, is a serious book, and as such deserves a dedicated effort to fully understand and absorb.” —IPMS/USA “This is an essential book.

1 Luse Shackelford, and Ray, "Eleven Days in December: Linebacker Ii" (USAF Southeast Asia Monograph Series, Air University, ), V. 2 Truong Nhu Tang, A Viet Cong Memoir (New York: Vintage Books, ), 3 U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Doctrine for Joint Operations. Joint Pub (Washington: U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, 10 September   Herein is described the impact of LINEBACKER II on those in command, plus those in operations, maintenance and support who undergirded the effort, and the crewmembers. The narrative tells how they successfully met a staggering challenge. There was no book to : Normanby Press. Operation Linebacker II book. Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers. After the failed April invasion of South Vietnam and the /5. This book is a narrative drawn from the era of the Southeast Asian conflict, detailing a unique event in that lengthy struggle. The event was called LINEBACKER II, and for the first time in contemporary warfare, heavy jet bombers were employed in their designed role to conduct extended strategic operations against the warmaking capacity of a hostile nation/5.