03 lucky shot

History of War - - KHE SANH -

The North Viet­namese launch a pre-dawn bom­bard­ment on 21 Au­gust against the com­bat base with many of its 200 heavy guns and 122mm rock­ets. One rocket scores a di­rect hit on the main am­mu­ni­tion dump lo­cated next to the airstrip, cre­at­ing a mas­sive ex­plo­sion from 1,500 tons of bombs, shells and bul­lets. Sec­ondary ex­plo­sions oc­cur for two days as the ord­nance cooks off. The as­sault marks the be­gin­ning of the 77-day siege.

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