Eleven days after more than sixty bombs hit the "3.8" spinning mill in Hanoi, large rolls of cotton material were still burning.
Eleven days after more than sixty bombs hit the "3.8" spinning mill in Hanoi, large rolls of cotton material were still burning. The mill was completely destroyed by United States B-52's at the height of the renewed bombing campaign on December 28.
The mill -- the largest in North Vietnam -- was built in 1954 with aid from The People's Republic of China. Six-thousand workers had been employed in the factory, although part of the plant had been moved outside Hanoi before the bombing attack. Now, workers are cleaning up the debris and transporting useable machinery to locations outside the capital, despite President Nixon's announced halt of further bombing in the area.
Although efforts to rebuild the mill are going ahead, officials said it would be difficult to restore the building and production equipment in the near future. All the important factories in North Vietnam have been destroyed as a result of the series of B-52 bombing raids that resumed on December 18th.
The mill's same ??? "3.8" -- refers to the date of International Women's Day on March 8th, 1964.
SYNOPSIS: The largest spinning mill in North Vietnam now lies in smouldering ruins. Eleven days after United States B-52 bombers dropped more than sixty bombs on the mill, cotton material was still burning. During the renewed U.S. bombing raids in December, every major North Vietnamese factory was completely destroyed.
This plant used to employ six-thousand workers. Some of the machinery had been moved out of the Hanoi area before the renewed raids, but officials say it will be difficult to rebuild and start production again... The spinning mill had been built in 1954 with aid from The People's Republic of China, and was one of the most important factories in North Vietnam.
The intensive bombing raids over North Vietnam have now been halted by President Nixon. But ???autions are still being taken to prevent a repetition of the extensive damage caused to this plant. As many machines as possible are being salvaged from the wreckage, and moved to locations outside the North Vietnamese capital. But only limited operations will be possible, because of the extensive damage done to the machinery and plant facilities in the bombing raids.