Viet Nam: Blue Bombs on the Panhandle

Every day, at the press briefing at MACV Headquarters in Saigon, a public relations officer pins little blue paper bombs on a big map of North Viet Nam to show where American planes have struck. Every day last week, the blue bombs all but covered the area known as Ho Chi Minh's Panhandle.

The Panhandle, located immediately above the demilitarized zone that marks the border with South Viet Nam, is a long, narrow strip wedged between the mountains and the sea. Lined by roads, railroads and inland waterways, it is Ho's principal supply route to the Communist troops in the...

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