The event showcases more than 80 documents and photos of the “Hanoi –Dien Bien Phu in the air” campaign which took place for 12 days and nights in Hanoi’s airspace in late 1972. Through documents and photos, the exhibition helps the public have a deep insight into of the fierceness and heroic victory of the “Hanoi-Dien Bien Phu in the air” campaign.

Visitors at the exhibition

Apart from affirming the sound guidelines of Party, Government and Hanoi’s authorities, the showcased documents and pictures recall the time when troops and people in the Northern region in general and Hanoi in particular fought bravely and defeated the U.S. Air Force’s Operation Linebacker II employing strategic B-52 aircraft, forcing the U.S. to end its bombing in Northern Vietnam and sign the Agreement on Ending the War and Restoring peace in Vietnam (Paris Peace Accords) in 1973.

The exhibition is divided into three parts. The first part, themed “Hanoi’s combat readiness,” introduces documents and photos related to the Party, Government, and Hanoi’s direction on preparing for the campaign to protect the capital, including evacuating local people and property of agencies, factories, and schools out of Hanoi in a short time, building a system of strong shelters and trenches, and establishing a medical network, emergency aid and firefighting forces. 

The second part with the title “Hanoi – 12 historic days and nights” includes documents and photos reflecting the devastation of the war and determination of Hanoi’s troops and people to protect the capital.

The last part is about the results of the 12 day- and night-campaign of Hanoi’s troops and people who both fought and joined production to serve the campaign.

Through the exhibition, the organizing panel expects to educate people of the patriotic tradition and the struggle to protect the national independence of the Vietnamese people.

Translated by Tran Hoai