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- An Enormous Crime: The Definitive Account of American POWs Abandoned in Southeast Asia. Af Bill Hendon og Elizabeth A. Stewart. 2007. s. 34 "Human Shields at the Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi * DOD Target JCS-12 - A number of intellingence sources told US officials that America POWs were being used as shields at another important target located down the Red River from the Yen Phu power plant in Hanoi. This target was the 5,532-foot-long steel and concrete rail/highway bridge spanning the river between Hanoi and Gia Lam. ... The bridge , which the Vietnamese calle the Long Bien Bridge for the tiny hamlet at its western terminus, funneled all rail traffic from China and the port of Haiphong into Hanoi and on to points south. It was considered among the most important military targets in North Vietnam."