• Dien Bien Phu Took place in Dien Bien Phu a French controlled Poast

    The Battke lasted 55 days. Three thousans French toops were killed, 8,000 wounded. The Viet Minh suffered worse, 8,000 dead and 12,000 wounded. The Vietnamese victory ended France's resolve to carry on the war
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  • Creation of the Ho Chi Minh trail on the Vietnamese/Cambodian border

    A supply root is formed from North Vietnam to Vietcong forces in South Vietnam. This root allowed the North Vietnam troops to aid the Vietcong troops fighting in South Vietnam. This allowed the Vietcong troops to continue to fight without running out of Supplies.
  • United States becomes actively involved

    This event took place in the United States. President John F. Kennedy oreders help for the South Vietnamese government in its war against the Vietcong guerrillas. The U.S sent equipment and more than 3,000 military advisors and support personnel. This allowed the South Vietnamese to not run out or equipment.
  • Operation Rangeland

    Took place in South Vietnam. The goal of this operation was to clear vegetation alongside highways, making it more difficult for the Vietcong to conceal themselves for ambushes. This allowed to South Vietnamese troops to not be ambushed by the Vietcong. Forests Are sprayed with Angent Orange, and Guerrilla trails and bases are exposed, and crops that might feed Vietcong units are destroyed this had a big impact on the war.
  • Gulf of Tonkin Attack

    Took place in the Gulf of Tonkin. South Vietnamese commandos attack two small Horth Vietnamese islands in the Gulf of Tonkin. The U.S. destroyer Maddox, an electronic spy ship, is 123 miles south with orders to electronically simulate an air attack to draw North Vietnamese boats amay from the commandos. This act was inmortant to the Vietnam war because it allowed for the North Vietnamese boats to be lead away from the commandos.
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    Took place in the united states. The U.S. congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, giving President Johnson the power to take whatever actions he sees necessary to defend southeast Asia. This was important to the Vietnam War becaues it gave Johnson the power to do whatever he felt necessary to defend Southeast Asia.
  • Rolling Thunder Begins

    Operation Rolling Thunder lased 3 years from 2 March 1965 until 1 November 1968. Rolling Thunder was a liminted but long lasting Bombing offensive. Its aim is to force North Vietnam to stop supporting Vietcong guerrillas in the South.
  • U.S. offers peace for economic aid proposal

    The offer is rejected by the North Vietnamese. Two weeks after that President Johnson raises America's combat strength in Vietnam by 60,000 troops. Allied forces from Korea and Australia are added as a sign of international support. This event was important to the war because it showed that peace was a long way away.
  • President Johnson commits over 60,000 troops to Vietnam

    When the North Vietnamese rejected economic aid for peace, President Johnson responded by raising America's combat strength in Vietnam to more than 60,000. This is important to the war because it shows that the United States in the war for the long hall and that they will do whatever they can to defeat the North Vietnamese and the Vietcong troops.
  • First major battle of Vietnam War for American Units

    Took place at Chu Lai. Told that an attack on a U.S. Marines base was inninent, the American army launches Operation Starlite. In this, the first major battle of the Vietnam war in which the United States scores a resounding victory. Groung forces, artillery from Chu Lai, ships and air support combine to kill nearly 700 Vietcong soldiers. The united States sustained minor Casulities and wounded. This was important to the war because it showed that the United States would be part of the war.
  • Operation Junction City

    In one of the largest air-mobile assaults ever, 240 helicopters sweep over Tay Ninh province, beginning Operation Junction City. The goal of this operation was to destroy Vietcong bases and the Vietcong military headquarters for South Vietnam, all which are located in War Zone C, north of Sigon. This was important to the war because it showed the U.S. wanted to destroy the Vietcong and restore peace to Vietnam.
  • Khe Sanh attacked by Vietcong.

    At 5:30 a.m., a barrage of shells, mortars and rockets slam into the Marine base at Khe Sanh. Eighteen Marines are killed instantly, 40 more wounded. The initial attack continues for two days. This is important to the war because it show that the Vietcong is still strong and willing to attack American base.
  • Tet Offensive begins.

    The Offensive lasted into Janurary 31. On the Tet holiday, Vietcong troops attacked the South Vietnamese. In more that 100 cities and towns, shock attacks by Vietcong sapper-commandos are followed by wave after wave of supporting troops. The battle had clamed the lives of more than half a million civikian refugees. This is important to the war because it shows that the Vietcong will attack durning holidays and will kill civilians.
  • My Lai massacre.

    In the hamlet of My Lai, U.S. Charlie Company kills about two hundred civilians. Only one member of the division is tried and found guilty of war crimes. This impacted the war because it undid the benefits of countless hours of civic action taken by the Army units. THis action also raised questions about the conduct of the war.
  • Nixon Takes Office

    With regard to Vietnam, he promises to achieve "Peace With Honor." He releases a statement which would call for half a million U.S. troops in Vietnam to be withdrawn, This is important to the war becaue with a new president comes new thought and ideas towards the war. Nixon already wants to bring the troops home which is something Johnson would not due until the war was over ant the North Vietnames and the Vietcong were defeated.
  • Operation Menu

    The operation called for the bombing of North Vietnamese an Vietcong bases within Cambodia. For the next four years, U.S. forces will drop more than a half a million tons of bombs over Cambodia. THis is important to the war because it shows that the war was not just in Vietnam it was in other places as well.
  • All but 133,000 U.S. troops have come home.

    Two thirds of America's troops have gone in two years. The war is now in the hands of the South Vietnamese, which has over 1,000,000 men enlisted in its armed forces. This was important to the war because we were leaving the South Vietnamese to take care of themselves and defend themselves from attacks.
  • Peace talks break down

    In paris talks of peace between the North Vietnamese and the Americans breakdown. This is important to the war because it shows that the Americans and the North Vietnamese can not agree to peace and the war will go on.
  • Peace talks resume

    Once again the North Vietnamese and the Americans resume peace talks in Paris. THis is important to the war because it shows that the North Vietnamese and the Americans might be able to work out a deal and the war will finally be over.
  • Cease fire signed

    All warring parties in the war sign a cease fire. This is important to the war because there will be no more fighting, and the war is almost over.
  • Nixon Resigns

    President Nixon resigns, leaving South Vietnam without its strongest advocate. This is important to the war because it leaves the South Vietnamese weak, and without any support.
  • Last casualties for the U.S. and final evacuation

    At 4:03 a.m., two U.S. Marines are killed in a rocket attack at Saigon's Tan Son Nhut airport. These are the last americans to die in the Vietnam War. As soon as the Americans leave cities are looted and North Vietnamese tanks role into Saigon, ending the war. This is important to the war because the Americans are done fighting in the war, but the South Vietnamese are sill left to fight the North Vietnamese alone.