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The Vietnam War

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The Vietnam War

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  1. The Vietnam War

  2. Part 4:Search and Destroy

  3. What is “Search and Destroy?”

  4. Class Viewing

  5. Offensive operations designed to find and destroy enemy forces rather than establish permanent government control. • Also called "Zippo missions." • Soldiers would be dropped into enemy areas by helicopter. • Enemy villages would be burned down. • Enemy held jungle would be napalmed (or defoliated). What is “Search and Destroy?”

  6. Free Fire Zones

  7. Were areas near an airbase cleared of people to allow aircraft to drop leftover bombs before landing. • Based on the assumption that all friendly forces had been cleared from the area. • Anyone unidentified was considered an enemy. • Soldiers were to shoot anyone moving around after curfew. • Violation of the Geneva Convention? Free Fire Zones

  8. Class Reading “The My Lai Massacre”