The Scale of American Warfare Post WWII – Vietnam

Americans are amazingly ignorant of the scale and costs of our warfare.

For example, during the Vietnam War (or the American War as the Vietnamese say) the US dropped more bombs on Vietnam, a country the size of Wisconsin and Minnesota, than all of the bombs used during WWII.

In fact more than triple the amount: “By the time the United States ended its Southeast Asian bombing campaigns, the total tonnage of ordnance dropped approximately tripled the totals for World War II. The Indochinese bombings amounted to 7,662,000 tons of explosives, compared to 2,150,000 tons in the world conflict. 1


  1. Clodfelter, Micheal Vietnam in Military Statistics: A History of the Indochina Wars, 1792—1991′. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers, 1995, p. 225