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Old 13 October 2017, 13:32
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Operation Eldest Son (also Pole Bean) really was a thing.
That Loadout Room link isn't there any more, so I don't know what the original article is about. But yes, Pole Bean / Eldest Son was a real thing. I remember one of the Hatchet Forces going out, finding a bunch of NVA bunkers, and sending back for ammo to plant in them (rather than try to blow everything up). Oddly, Saigon even sent up some 37mm AA ammo to mix in, along with the 7.62 AK and 51mm HMG stuff.
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Old 13 October 2017, 17:11
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That Loadout Room link isn't there any more, so I don't know what the original article is about. But yes, Pole Bean / Eldest Son was a real thing. I remember one of the Hatchet Forces going out, finding a bunch of NVA bunkers, and sending back for ammo to plant in them (rather than try to blow everything up). Oddly, Saigon even sent up some 37mm AA ammo to mix in, along with the 7.62 AK and 51mm HMG stuff.
That 37/57mm AA played hell with our aircraft. I hope it blew up some gun tubes.
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Old 13 October 2017, 18:40
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