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Для сайта:Мир книгUSAF Southeast Asia Monograph sequence. quantity 1 Monographs 1 and a couple of. Many files, articles, and tales were written approximately U.S. Air strength operations in Southeast Asia (SEA). despite the fact that, none have giyen the severe in-depth insurance commensurate with our point of involvement. This quantity, the 1st in a USAF Southeast Asia Monograph sequence, is an try to record the tale of AIR-POWER— and the folks at the back of it—in our international locations longest armed conflict.For 8 years American airmen fought with a mess of missions, evolving weaponry, ever-changing strategies and perhaps such a lot notable—constantly altering constraints. during this quantity, authors from the Air battle collage and Air Command and employees university who really fought there have mixed for 2 first-class monographs of the folks and guns in SEA. The authors breadth of wrestle event presents a penetrating account of airpower delivered to bear—with the entire emotion, frustrations, bravery and confusion of genuine life.For the final reader, those tales inform of airpower in human phrases and will provide a few figuring out of the spirit, braveness, and professionalism of our U.S. airmen. To the scholar of airpower attracted to bettering the effectiveness of our Air strength, the monographs make a superb case examine of tactical air doctrine. the complete sequence is devoted to ALL who served.

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Ho Chi Minh claimed that two million Vietnamese had died. This number was repeated often during the Vietnam war, but it is probably too high. The historian David Marr estimates that about one million Vietnamese, about 5 percent of the population, died in 1944 and 1945 from starvation and malnutrition. Other estimates are between 360,000 and 1,000,000. 42 The devastation in the countryside coincided with the collapse of Japanese power. By this time Operation Deer Mission, as the collaboration between the United States and Vietminh was called, had grown into a small but significant political collaboration.

S. S. interests remained in Europe. Roosevelt had stressed different issues at different times, and it remained for his successor to try to craft a coherent policy. Truman worked under the terrible handicaps of inexperience in foreign policy, ignorance of Roosevelt’s intentions and commitments, and the crushing weight of dealing with the end of the war. Even had Roosevelt lived, Vietnam would have been a distinctly secondary—albeit familiar—issue. The inexperienced Truman knew nothing and cared little about Southeast Asia and Indochina.

Nevertheless, as the war went on the United States, Britain, China, and France developed plans for the future of Southeast Asia, the roles of the former colonial powers, and the political status of Asian peoples. S. policy proved inconsistent, sometimes supporting the Asians and sometimes the colonial powers. The confusion resulted from ignorance of Southeast Asia, a belief that other areas of the world were more important to the United States, and the crushing weight of other business. The false starts and contradictions of American attitudes and the rivalries among various branches of the government often confused and frustrated allied officials.

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