Airlift in battle of Dien Bien Phu and Khe Sanh – P4
Shortage of supplies during the Battle of Dien Bien Phu led French troops to surrender on May 8, 1954 after 56 days of siege. American troops in Khe Sanh were liberated on April 15, 1968 after the 9th national road was repatriated by US and South Vietnamese troops.
During the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, just small amout French parachute soldiers could land at the airbase site, C-47 Dakota fighters attempted to fly as slowly as possible, but less than 2 seconds to drop and fly slowly were at risk of being killed. Viet Minh air defenses shot down. Many reckless French pilots attempted to fly back to drop the cargo in order to rescue their comrades but it was also difficult for them to fly high to avoid the air defense and flying around would take a long time. The figures show that French aircraft take 20 minutes to fly in a dense air-tight area because they do not have time to drop the cargo so they have to fly back and forth many times or have to fly back and can not drop the cargo. To fly high to drop goods so many goods into the hands of the Viet Minh
The use of civilian aircraft by US pilots was of great help, but also a lot of obstacles because very few French soldiers at Dien Bien Phu battle have the ability to speak English well to control air traffic. While American pilots are virtually unaware of the French language, this leads to ineffective coordination
Airlift became a major issue in both battle of Khe Sanh and Dien Bien Phu battles, with the French ignoring the French Air Force’s warning of the possibility of resupply leading to the defeat of the French Army and the US military’s capability. The success of maintaining the Khe Sanh base. Inclement weather and geographic conditions create many disadvantages in the supply. In both battles, the air defense network of North Vietnam proved to be highly effective and extremely destructive, but the US military had sufficient technical and firepower to oppress the enemy.
The French lacked supplies during the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, causing the fighting to deteriorate and the French surrendered on 8 May 1954 after 56 days of siege. The American Marines in Khe Sanh were officially liberated on April 15, 1968 after the US and South Vietnamese infantry combined to cross 9th and reopen the relief line.
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