The North Vietnamese capital of Hanoi has bene under daily attack from U.S. Phantom bombers?
The North Vietnamese capital of Hanoi has bene under daily attack from U.S. Phantom bombers since bad weather cleared up on 15 August. But the city's anti-aircraft defences have been active in reply. This film from North Vietnam shows an unidentified aircraft being shot down over Hanoi on the day the air-raids resumed.
According to North Vietnamese sources, citizens of Hanoi are being forced to shelter in foxholes at least four times a day as American attackers swoop in for bombing raids.
There are also allegations that the United States, is using new types of anti-personnel bombs, and exhibition of these captured devices and weapons was held in Hanoi recently under the suspicious of the United States War Crimes Investigation Committee as a warning to the public.
The display included a 900-kilogram bomb and a device nicknamed 'The Dragon Tusk' which deflects metal at low level and is designed to maime legs of victims over a wide radius.
There was also a poisonous gas bomb which, the North Vietnamese say, injured over 500 people (20 of whom are still in hospital) when it was dropped in Hoa Province last month. Then a penetrating bomb which goes through concrete and iron plate, an arrow bomb which spreads out hundreds of deadly needles, and a spider bomb which explodes on hitting trees.
One purpose of the exhibition was to warn the public of Hanoi that not all thee devices explode immediately. Some are meant to detonate a few hours after being dropped when the civilian population is back on the streets after the air raids.