NORTH VIET NAM: Living Inside a Bull's Eye

SHORTLY before noon last Wednesday, 20 U.S. Phantoms streaked east across Hanoi toward the battered Long-bien bridge and the antiaircraft positions along the Red River. Despite the unexpected presence of the jets overhead, only a few residents hurried toward the black, tubular individual bomb shelters that line the city's downtown streets. After all, never in the history of the Indochina war had densely populated downtown Hanoi been bombed. Last week Hanoi's luck ran out. By the time the air-raid sirens began to wail their warnings, the French diplomatic mission had been bombed...

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