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Beautiful But Deadly: White Phosphorous Bombs


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Above Photo: Plane drops a white phosphorus bomb on a Viet Cong postion in 1966. (USAF)

Nicknamed ‘Wille Pete” in Vietnam, White Phosphorous was mostly used to mark targets, as it created brilliant white smoke that could be seen from a long way off.

Assault helicopters prep a landing zone (vhpaphoto.org)

Gunners would use white phosphorous shells as an artillery marking round to find the correct range on a target, after which the real high explosive shells would be fired.

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