South Viet Nam: The Key Arena

All eyes in Saigon were still staring to the North. In the wake of the U.S. retaliatory blow against North Vietnamese bases, government officials and civilians alike waited with a kind of horrible fascination for some sign of things to come. Crews of workers carved up the city's parks, preparing air-raid shelters for 400,000 of Saigon's 1,500,000 residents, while government pencil pushers cranked up a plan to evacuate hundreds of thousands more in the event of an attack.

Forward in Force. There seemed little possibility that such preparations would soon be put...

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