By nthan
  • Dien Bien Phu

    An assault by the Vietminh on the French stronghold at Dien Bien Phu shattered the French resolve, though the French had less casualties.
  • Creation of the Ho Chi Minh trail

    This route was used to get supplys from North vietnam to forces in South vietnam. It was along the Cambodia-Vietnam border.
  • Operation Ranchhand

    Used agent orange to kill vegetation along highways, to reveal the vietcong & their hiding places.
  • US becomes actively involved

    Operation Chopper flew one thousand South Vietnamese soldiers to sweep an NLF stronghold.
  • Gulf of Tonkin Attack

    South Vietnam attacked North vietnamese islands while the US destroyer Maddox simulated an airstrike to draw away N Vietnamese forces.
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    This resolution gave Johnson the authority to do whatever he deemed necessary to protect American troops
  • Rolling Thunder Begins

    Rolling thunder lasted three and a half years, and was a series of bombimgs to force North Vietnam to stop supporting guerillas in the south
  • President Johnson commits over 60,000 troops to Vietnam

    This happens after vietnam rejected the US's peace offer
  • US offers peace for economic aid proposal

    This proposal was rejected, and two weeks later Johnson increased troops in Vietnam, with Korea and Australia also sending troops.
  • First major battle of Vietnam War for American Units

    General Westmoreland pushed to a point just north of Saigon
  • Operation Junction City

    240 Helicopters sweep Tay Ninh to try and destroy vietcong bases. There was capturing of a lot of materials, but no decisive battles
  • Khe Sanh attacked by Vietcong

    At 5:30 AM, the Vietcong attacked and instantly killed 18 men, with 40 wounded. This attack continued for 2 days.
  • TET Offensive begins

    These attacks were launched to force the US into a truce, but resulted in heavy communist casualties.
  • My Lai massacre

    The killing of 200 unarmed civilians by US troops of Charlie Company greatly belittles earlier US accomplishments.
  • Nixon Takes office

  • Operation Menu

    This operation was the bombing of vietcong bases in Cambodia, and lasted four years. In that time, the US dropped over 1/2 a million tons of bombs.
  • All but 133,000 US troops have come home

    2/3 of the troops were recalled in 2 years, and now the ground war is mostly Vietnam
  • Peace talks break down

    The talks, held in Paris, were between North vietnam and the Americans
  • Peace talks resume

    Peace talks resume in Paris
  • Cease fire signed

    All warring parties of the vietnam war sign a cease fire
  • Nixon resigns

    Nixon resigns, and leaves vietnam without it's strongest advocate
  • Last casualties for the US and final evacuation

    The US airlifts out their last troops, and North Vietnamese tanks roll into saigon. This effectively ends the war. In the 15 years, the NVA suffered almost a million deaths and the South Vietnamese almost a quarter million. Around 100,000 civilians were killed