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The Military Use of Tactical Herbicides in Vietnam

  • Alvin L. Young
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The use of herbicides became a new technique in the arsenal for modern warfare when it was introduced into the armed conflict in Vietnam in 1962. “Tactical Herbicides” were used in a defensive role through defoliation. They were also used in offensive roles through crop denial and exposure of enemy weapons caches, transportation routes, and base camps. A large body of historical data exists on the use of tactical herbicides in Vietnam. The history of Operation RANCH HAND in Vietnam has been thoroughly documented in books by Buckingham in 1982 (“OPERATION RANCH HAND: The Air Force and Herbicides in Southeast Asia, 1961–1971”), and Cecil in 1986 (“Herbicidal Warfare: The RANCH HAND Project in Vietnam”).

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Universal Transverse Mercator Fighter Aircraft Ground Fire Base Perimeter Ranch Hand 
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