Operation Rolling Thunder: Facts & Summary


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Who was the president of the United States during the years Operation Rolling Thunder was in effect?

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1. Approximately how many U.S. aircraft were lost in the Operation Rolling Thunder campaign?

2. During Operation Rolling Thunder, what was the name of the main supply trail that proved to be difficult to attack?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Operation Rolling Thunder was an aerial bombing campaign launched in 1965 against the North Vietnamese. A costly mission, it is often associated with the futility associated with the Vietnam War. This quiz and worksheet combination will test your knowledge of the history and facts surrounding and resulting from this campaign.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be quizzed on:

  • North Vietnam's response
  • The campaign's goals
  • President Johnson and Operation Rolling Thunder
  • The congressional committee relating to the mission

Skills Practiced

Be prepared to utilize the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related American military history lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Senator McNamara's testimony about the bombing campaign
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the history of Operation Rolling Thunder

Additional Learning

By reviewing the related lesson, Operation Rolling Thunder: Facts & Summary, you will learn more about this strategic aerial bombing campaign. This lesson will address numerous topics, including:

  • President Johnson and the birth of Operation Rolling Thunder
  • Secretary Robert McNamara's outlook on the campaign
  • The North Vietnamese response and American escalation
  • The end of Operation Rolling Thunder
  • Results and lasting opinions of the mission