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The Resource Herbicidal warfare : the Ranch Hand Project in Vietnam, by Paul Frederick Cecil

Herbicidal warfare : the Ranch Hand Project in Vietnam, by Paul Frederick Cecil

Label
Herbicidal warfare : the Ranch Hand Project in Vietnam
Title
Herbicidal warfare
Title remainder
the Ranch Hand Project in Vietnam
Statement of responsibility
by Paul Frederick Cecil
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • In 1961, the United States Air Force began using chemical herbicides as a weapon in South-east Asia. The tactic lasted only ten years, but the controversy it provoked continues to this day. Criticisms range from the charge that the herbicides did irreparable damage to the Asian environment to the recent "Agent Orange" lawsuits claiming that the chemicals have caused U.S. servicemen and their children physical and mental impairments. While much attention has been given to these claims, little light has been cast on the actual history of the herbicidal operation, code-named RANCH HAND. This book is the history of this unique aviation mission, from its conception to its termination. It describes how the operation dispensed over 11 million gallons of chemicals over Southeast Asian jungles and croplands while flying unarmed, obsolescent aircraft at tree-top level. Based on the author's own experiences, hundreds of interviews with RANCH HAND veterans, and careful research of declassified primary sources, this book provides a comprehensive and in-depth view of the men who flew the missions and their role in the events in Southeast Asia. It also reviews the scientific reaction to herbicidal warfare and hoe the controversy that ensued eventually caused the cancellation of the operation. -- from Book Jacket
  • In 1961, the United States Air Force began using chemical herbicides as a weapon in South-east Asia. The tactic lasted only ten years, but the controversy it provoked continues to this day. Criticisms range from the charge that the herbicides did irreparable damage to the Asian environment to the recent "Agent Orange" lawsuits claiming that the chemicals have caused U.S. servicemen and their children physical and mental impairments. While much attention has been given to these claims, little light has been cast on the actual history of the herbicidal operation, code-named RANCH HAND. This book is the history of this unique aviation mission, from its conception to its termination. It describes how the operation dispensed over 11 million gallons of chemicals over Southeast Asian jungles and croplands while flying unarmed, obsolescent aircraft at tree-top level. Based on the author's own experiences, hundreds of interviews with RANCH HAND veterans, and careful research of declassified primary sources, this book provides a comprehensive and in-depth view of the men who flew the missions and their role in the events in Southeast Asia. It also reviews the scientific reaction to herbicidal warfare and hoe the controversy that ensued eventually caused the cancellation of the operation. -- from Book Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cecil, Paul Frederick
Dewey number
959.704/38
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
DS559.8.C5
LC item number
C43 1986
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
WA 240
NLM item number
C388h 1986
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Operation Ranch Hand, 1962-1971
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Herbicides
  • Agent Orange
  • Chemical Warfare
  • Chemical Warfare Agents
  • Environmental Pollution
  • Herbicides
  • Vietnam
Label
Herbicidal warfare : the Ranch Hand Project in Vietnam, by Paul Frederick Cecil
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Bibliography: pages 235-270
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
An introduction to indirect warfare -- Mosquito sprays and weedkillers: another kind of chemical war -- Defoliation comes to Vietnam -- Development of the herbicide program -- The developing war -- Boi Loi Woods to Ho Chi Minh Trail -- From flight to squadron: more planes, more hits, more problems -- RANCH HAND comes of age: bureaucracy and a new task -- The year of glory...and death -- New planes and old tasks: K Models and airlift duty -- The final years -- Critics of herbicidal warfare: propaganda, protest, and investigations -- Agent Orange: the controversy reborn -- Epilogue
Control code
13095930
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 289 pages
Isbn
9780030017544
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
85030779
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(WaOLN)869275
Label
Herbicidal warfare : the Ranch Hand Project in Vietnam, by Paul Frederick Cecil
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Bibliography: pages 235-270
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
An introduction to indirect warfare -- Mosquito sprays and weedkillers: another kind of chemical war -- Defoliation comes to Vietnam -- Development of the herbicide program -- The developing war -- Boi Loi Woods to Ho Chi Minh Trail -- From flight to squadron: more planes, more hits, more problems -- RANCH HAND comes of age: bureaucracy and a new task -- The year of glory...and death -- New planes and old tasks: K Models and airlift duty -- The final years -- Critics of herbicidal warfare: propaganda, protest, and investigations -- Agent Orange: the controversy reborn -- Epilogue
Control code
13095930
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 289 pages
Isbn
9780030017544
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
85030779
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(WaOLN)869275

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