...........Congress, overriding Nixon’s veto, cut the budget for supporting the Vietnamese Armed Forces from $2.27 billion in fiscal year 1973 to $1.01 billion in 1974, and $700 million in 1975. (The North admitted that Thieu was forced to fight a poor man's war and that the North was far better equipped.) 105's, Just In From The States
From December 18 to December 29, 1972, USAF and US Navy strategic bombing devastated North Vietnam’s previously restricted military, logistical, and transportation targets surrounding Hanoi. In addition, US Navy aircraft mined the strategically critical Hanoi-Haiphong Harbor. These air-raids, which included 929 completed sorties by massively destructive USAF B-52 bombers, destroyed 80 percent of North Vietnam’s electrical generating capacity and comparable percentages of fuel reserves, railroad facilities and rolling stock. More than 80 percent of North Vietnam’s material and weapons shipments supporting the NVA and their Viet Cong auxiliaries were halted. Their air defense system was no longer able to offer any resistance to American airpower.
Hanoi’s Communist leaders were ready to postpone their conquest of Southeast Asia for decades. Their only hope was the Marxist American Left and its increasing influence on a war-weary Congress with a heavy Democrat majority.
On January 27, 1973, The United States, South Vietnam, North Vietnam, and the Communist National Liberation Front signed a peace agreement that should have ended the Vietnam War.
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