Impressive footage of U.S. F-4s dropping Napalm in Vietnam

Update Apr. 15, 2012 14.00 GMT

The video mentioned in this article was made private by the user who uploaded it. Most probably, the fact that many people had complained for the music he had chosen persuaded him to make it private.

The following video contains some of the clearer shots from USAF extensive high speed footage (more then 2 hours of film) of Napalm strikes primarily performed by F-4C Phantoms in Vietnam.

According to , the user that uploaded it to Youtube, the original video was silent gun camera footage to which he added some music.

However, the soundrack he chose did not meet everyone’s taste (read the comments on YT).

“On The Beautiful Blue Danube” (English title of An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314), the waltz by the Austrian composer Johann Strauss II and made famous by Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” makes the scenes even more violent.

Especially, considering the effect of those incendiary canisters on some villages and their inhabitants.

Anyway, take this as a video documenting usage of an anti-personnel weapon, famous to leave tangible psychological effects on the enemy.

And if you find the soundrack inappropriate, turn off volume.

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