Archives par mot-clé : bombardements aériens

Thomas Cooper : Bombing Missions of the Vietnam War

Mis en ligne en 2017, ce récit visuel, basé sur des sources américaines déclassifiées en 2016, donne une vision précise des bombardements pendant la guerre du Viêt-Nam entre 1965 et 1973.

Bombing Missions of the Vietnam War

A visual record of the largest aerial bombardment in history

Between 1965 and 1975, the United States and its allies dropped more than 7.5 million tons of bombs on Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia—double the amount dropped on Europe and Asia during World War II. Pound for pound, it remains the largest aerial bombardment in human history.

The bombardment of North Vietnam and its neighbors began shortly after the Gulf of Tonkin incident in August 1964, and continued until the last American was airlifted out of Saigon over a decade later. All told, the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps together conducted at least 2.8 millioncombat missions against ground targets, while the air forces of South Vietnam, Laos, Australia, and South Korea added an additional 360,000 missions to the tally.

In late 2016, the United States Department of Defense publicly released records of almost every bombing and ground-attack mission flown during the Vietnam War. (Ground-attack missions are strikes against ground targets using using rockets, missiles, cannons, and other non-bomb ordnance.) The data, meticulously digitized from the aircrews’ original after-action reports, allows us to visually reconstruct the air campaign, shedding new light on its sheer scale, intensity, and complexity. […]

Thomas Cooper is a cartographer and product engineer on the Story Maps team; a displaced Oregonian; a forager of cultural sustenance; a fair-weather motorcyclist; and a onetime expert on Kyrgyz supermarkets.

Accès au récit visuel : https://storymaps.esri.com/stories/2017/vietnam-bombing/index.html

Merrill A. McPeak : Bombing the Ho Chi Minh Trail

[ndlr] Article paru dans le New York Times le 26 décembre 2017, descente aux enfers sur la Piste Hô Chi Minh.

I spent 1967 flying air shows with the Thunderbirds, the Air Force aerobatic team, and worrying the war in Vietnam would be over before I got there. All my fighter pilot buddies were in the thick of it, and here I was in front of friendly crowds instead of enemy troops — recruiting duty instead of combat — and in an assignment I couldn’t leave before completing a two-year tour.

I needn’t have worried; the war would wait for me. When my turn came, I logged 269 sorties, many of them highly classified because we weren’t supposed to be flying over Laos. But we were, and my outfit’s job was to stop traffic down the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

Interestingly, the North Vietnamese didn’t call it the Ho Chi Minh Trail. It twisted through the Truong Son Mountains of the Central Highlands, which run nearly the length of Vietnam along its border with Laos and Cambodia. For the North, the trail was either the Truong Son Strategic Supply Route, or Highway 559, numerals that memorialized the month (May) and year (1959) the government of North Vietnam reached a formal decision to provide active support to the insurrection in the South.

Hanoi could never have sustained military operations in the South without a way to send men and supplies into the region. Of course, neither could we. We built an impressive, modern infrastructure — air bases, port facilities, pipelines, the huge supply depot at Long Binh.

Meanwhile, starting in the late 1950s, North Vietnam appropriated a piece of Laotian real estate the size of Massachusetts and constructed an infrastructure that in many ways mirrored ours: hundreds of miles of road, communications centers, ammo dumps, stockpiles of food and fuel, truck parks, troop bivouacs. The North Vietnamese did this in a much more difficult environment: a sparsely populated region of rugged mountains, triple-canopy jungle and dense primeval rain forest. It was one of history’s great achievements in military engineering, and all of it hidden from sight except for the trace of the road itself.

Lire la suite : New York Times

Illustration « à la une » : Merrill McPeak in Vietnam © NYT

Cody J. Foster : Did America Commit War Crimes in Vietnam?

[ndlr] Dans la série « Vietnam ’67 », un article à lire sur le tribunal Russell organisé par des intellectuels européens pour dénoncer la guerre menée par les Américains au Viêt-Nam.

Continuer la lecture de Cody J. Foster : Did America Commit War Crimes in Vietnam?

Séminaire « Mémoires d’Indochine » 2015 : Séance 5

Année universitaire 2015-2016 / Master Asie Orientale Contemporaine (ASIOC) / Semestre 1

 

Mémoires d’Indochine :

La décolonisation et la guerre vécues par les populations du Viêt-Nam, du Laos et du Cambodge

MémoiresIndochine_2015_vintage

Séance 5 : mardi 3 novembre 2015

Femmes et guerres d’Indochine : actrices et victimes

Le rôle des femmes pendant les guerres d’Indochine a souvent été minoré et reste largement absent des histoires de ces conflits. A travers le témoignage de Tran Thi Truyen, infirmière de guerre, les conditions de vie des jeunes filles engagées sur la Piste Ho Chi Minh seront évoquées. Nous verrons avec Duong Thi My Trung, paysanne de Soc Trang, les questions du déplacement de population et de la prostitution pendant la guerre du Viêt-Nam. A travers ces deux témoignages, seront abordés les stratégies de survie en contexte de guerre, les questions de santé, le rôle des héroïnes officielles… Nous nous interrogerons sur les possibilités d’action des femmes, le difficile partage entre victimes et actrices. Les trois exposés de la seconde partie du séminaire nous permettrons de poursuivre cette investigation sur le genre.

Sources orales à discuter :

Interview with Tran Thi Truyen, 1981

TranThiTruyen[date : 11 février 1981, durée : 18:01, trad. en anglais en regard]

Interview with Duong Thi My Trung, 1981

DuongThiMyTrung[date : 17 mars 1981, durée : 06:37, traduction en anglais en regard]

Exposés oraux

  • LySanMaes_MonCambodge3Ly San Meas, Mon Cambodge. Le destin d’une femme, Paris : L’Harmattan, coll. Graveurs de mémoire, 2012.

CR de lecture de Stella Ramamonjisoa

Présentation de l’éditeur : L’Harmattan

 

  • Bayly_AsianVoicesInAPostColonialAgeBayly, Susan, Asian voices in the postcolonial age: Vietnam, India and beyond, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

CR de lecture de Béatrice Zani

Présentation de l’éditeur : Cambridge UP

 

  • « Les Subaltern Studies : principes fondateurs et postérité d’un projet historique ».

Exposé de Marjolaine Fourton

 

Pour en savoir plus :

  • Guillemot, François, Des Vietnamiennes dans la guerre civile. L’autre moitié de la guerre, 1945-1975, Paris : Les Indes savantes, 2014.
  • Nguyen, Nathalie Huynh Chau, Memory is another country. Women of the Vietnamese Diaspora, Santa Barbara, California: Praeger, 2009. (traduit en français sous le titre : La mémoire est un autre pays. Femmes de la diaspora vietnamienne, Paris, Riveneuve éditions, 2013). CR de lecture par François Guillemot (Carnet de recherche “Femmes et guerres au Viêt-Nam“).
  • Phan Thanh Hao & Karen G. Turner, Even the Women Must Fight. Memories of War from North Vietnam, New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1998.
  • Taylor, Sandra C., Vietnamese Women at war. Fighting for Ho Chi Minh and the revolution, Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, Modern war studies, 1999.
  • Weaver, Gina Marie, Ideologies of Forgetting. Rape in the Vietnam War, New York: State University of New York Press, 2010.

Ressources en ligne :

Carnet de recherche Femmes & Guerres au Viêt-Nam

Séminaire “Mémoires d’Indochine” 2015 : Séance 4

Année universitaire 2015-2016 / Master Asie Orientale Contemporaine (ASIOC) / Semestre 1

 

Mémoires d’Indochine :

La décolonisation et la guerre vécues par les populations du Viêt-Nam, du Laos et du Cambodge

MémoiresIndochine_2015_vintage

Séance 4 : mardi 20 octobre 2015

Les civils dans les guerres d’Indochine (1945-1993)

La péninsule indochinoise a été le théâtre de plusieurs guerres entre 1945, départ de la guerre d’Indochine dans le sud du Viêt-Nam (ex-Cochinchine) et 1993, date des élections générales au Cambodge sous l’égide de l’ONU. L’impact de ces guerres successives sur les civils fut considérable. On estime qu’environ 8 millions de tonnes de bombes (Turley, 2009, p. 123) furent lancées sur les trois pays de la péninsule indochinoise pendant la Seconde guerre d’Indochine soit deux fois plus que sur l’Europe pendant toute la Seconde guerre mondiale. Si ces chiffres sont discutés encore aujourd’hui, ils donnent une idée du désastre humain, social et écologique de cette guerre sur cet espace.

A travers les témoignages de Le Van Tri, médecin Viet Cong, Ngo Thi Hien, paysanne et Mme Nguyen Cong Minh, habitante de Hue, cette séance abordera la question des atrocités commises pendant la guerre du Viêt-Nam. Seront évoqués le massacre de Hue pendant l’offensive du Têt (1968), celui de My Lai, les opérations dite de « recherche et destruction » (« search and destroy ») de l’ennemi menées par l’armée américaine et la question des bombardements, notamment celle des épandages chimiques aériens. Violences humaines et violences du ciel seront tour à tour abordées. Le nombre des victimes de la guerre accusent des différences et des écarts importants selon les techniques de comptage, oscillant entre 1,6 à plus de 4 millions de morts (soldats et civils) pour l’ensemble de la péninsule (sans inclure le génocide cambodgien perpétré par les Khmers rouges après 1975).

Sources orales à discuter :

Interview with Le Van Tri, 1981

LeVanTri[date : 02 février 1981, durée : 11:00, texte en anglais en regard]

Interview with Ngo Thi Hien, 1981

NgoThiHien[date : 03 mars 1981, durée : 09:53, traduction en anglais en regard]

Interview with Mrs. Nguyen Cong Minh

NguyenCongMinh[date : s.d., durée : 20:19, traduction en anglais en regard]

US_AerialMunitions_Tons
Extrait de William S. Turley, The Second Indochina War. A concise political and military history (Rowman & Littlefield Publ., 2009, p. 124).

 Exposés oraux

  • MarcelinoTruong_UneSiJoliePetiteGuerreTruong, Marcelino, Une si jolie petite guerre. Saigon 1961-1963, Paris : Denoël, Denoël Graphic, 2012.

CR de lecture d’Alexandre Brochard

Présentation de l’éditeur : Denoël

  • DavidLanPham_TwoHamletsInNamBoPham, David Lan, Two Hamlets in Nam Bo. Memoirs of life in Vietnam through Japanese occupation, the French and American wars and communist rule, 1940-1986, Jefferson (NC) : McFarland, 2008, 2e éd.

CR de lecture de Camille Le Guilloux

Présentation de l’éditeur : McFarland
  • GrantEvans_ThePoliticsOfRitualAndRemembranceLaosGrant, Evans, The Politics of Ritual and Remembrance. Laos Since 1975, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1998 (reed. 2009).

CR de lecture d’Annabelle Auger

Présentation de l’éditeur sur : Amazon

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Pour en savoir plus :

  • Grosscup, Beau, Strategic Terror: the politics and ethics of aerial bombardment, London  & New York, Zed Books, 2006. (Cf. chapitre 5 : « Cold War Strategic Bombing: From Korea to Vietnam »).
  • Clodfelter, Micheal, Vietnam in military statistics : a history of the Indochina wars, 1772-1991, Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., 1995.
  • Hosmer, Stephen T., Viet Cong repression and its implications for the future, Lexington, Mass., Heath Lexington Books [1970].
  • Kalyvas, Stathis N., The logic of violence in civil war, Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
  • Nha Ca, Mourning Headband for Hue. An account of the Battle for Hue Vietnam 1968,  Bloomington, IN : Indiana University Press, 2014. Translated with an Introduction by Olga Dror.
  • Turley, William S., The Second Indochina War. A concise political and military history, Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2009.

Sitographie : Statistics Of Vietnamese Democide. Estimates, Calculations, And Sources by R.J. Rummel.

 

Jeremy Kuzmarov: Celebrating the Life of Peace Hero Fred Branfman

fred-branfman[ndlr] Nouvelle du décès de Fred Branfman publiée sur la liste du Vietnam Studies Group. A propos de cette disparition, hommage de Jeremy Kuzmarov à lire sur Counter Punch. Nous remercions Tran T. Nhu pour le signalement de cet article.

 

A Voice of Conscience Celebrating the Life of Peace Hero Fred Branfman

FredBranfman_Laos
Ban Pha Khao: Fred Branfman – Digital Collections – UW-Madison

The noted peace activist Fred Branfman passed away this past week after suffering the effects of ALS (Lou Gherig’s disease). In 2002, while researching the history of the Vietnam War, I came across Fred’s slim volume, Voices from the Plain of Jars: Life Under an Air War in the Brandeis library and the book had an immediate effect on me. It was one of the few books written from the vantage point of the victims of the US air war in Indochina, or of US bombing and covert intervention carried out anywhere in the world. As a means of evading the Vietnam-era draft, Fred had signed on to work as a volunteer in Laos with the International Voluntary Service (IVS) and developed a deep attachment for the country’s people. Unlike many of his peers, he did not subscribe to the dominant US cold war ideology or to a paternalistic attitude towards the Lao, but loved and respected them. He struck a particularly close friendship with a village elder where he stayed, Paw Thou Douang, a devout Buddhist, farmer and medic whom he later found out was a local leader of the pro-communist Pathet Lao (the organization which had led Laos’ liberation struggle against the French and had sunk deep popular roots as a result of their commitment to nationalist principles and land reform).

Branfman_VoicesFromThePlainOfJarsAfter traveling into northern Laos, Fred was horrified to discover that the US government was carrying out a massive bombing campaign that had resulted in the killing and displacement of thousands of rice farmers. Fred interviewed many of the refugees who told him horror stories about having to live underground in caves for months and even years, and being only able to field their farms at night. Many suffered from malnutrition and disease, with a majority having lost loved ones. Pathet Lao soldiers were able to escape into the forests, so the main victims of the bombing were civilians, some of whom had never even heard of the United States before. The US strategy, Fred later discovered, was to “destroy the social and economic infrastructure of the civilian society” in northern Laos, which had emerged as a stronghold of the revolutionary Pathet Lao. The US government deployed its most sophisticated weaponry in the attempt to achieve this end, including computer censor devices and cluster munitions designed to penetrate the flesh. The US at the same time mobilized Hmong soldiers to serve essentially as cannon fodder in the war, with General Heine Aderholt noting: “it’s easier to lose your Hmong people than to lose Americans. It doesn’t make for bad publicity at home.”

Read more : Counter Punch, 01/10/2014.

[Parution] Vatthana Pholsena & Oliver Tappe (eds), Interactions with a Violent Past. Reading Post-Conflict Landscapes in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

InteractionsViolentPastThe Second and Third Indochina Wars are the subject of important ongoing scholarship, but there has been little research on the lasting impact of wartime violence on local societies and populations, in Vietnam as well as in Laos and Cambodia. Today’s Lao, Vietnamese and Cambodian landscapes bear the imprint of competing violent ideologies and their perilous material manifestations. From battlefields and massively bombed terrain to reeducation camps and resettled villages, the past lingers on in the physical environment.

The nine essays in this volume discuss post-conflict landscapes as contested spaces imbued with memory-work conveying differing interpretations of the recent past, expressed through material (even, monumental) objects, ritual performances, and oral narratives (or silences).

While Cambodian, Lao and Vietnamese landscapes are filled with tenacious traces of a violent past, created an unsolicited and malevolent sense of place among their inhabitants, they can in turn be transformed by actions of resilient and resourceful local communities.

Réf. : Vatthana Pholsena and Oliver Tappe (eds), Interactions with a Violent Past. Reading Post-Conflict Landscapes in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, Singapore: NUS Press, 312 p.

  • Vatthana PHOLSENA is a Research Fellow at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Singapore representative for the Institute of Research on Contemporary Southeast Asia (IRASEC).
  • Oliver TAPPE is a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany.

 

Date de parution : 8 juillet 2013. [autre date annoncée : 31 octobre 2013]