May 16, 1972 : U.S. bombing destroys main fuel line

Introduction

A series of air strikes over five days destroys all of North Vietnam’s pumping stations in the southern panhandle, thereby cutting North Vietnam’s main fuel line to South Vietnam. These strikes were part of Operation Linebacker, an air offensive against North Vietnam that had been ordered by President Richard Nixon in early April in response to a massive communist offensive launched on March 30.

Article Details:

May 16, 1972 : U.S. bombing destroys main fuel line

  • Author

    History.com Staff

  • Website Name

    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    May 16, 1972 : U.S. bombing destroys main fuel line

  • URL

    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-bombing-destroys-main-fuel-line

  • Access Date

    November 25, 2017

  • Publisher

    A+E Networks