The Vietnam War

  • Dien Bien Phu

    Dien Bien Phu
    This was the final battle between the fFench and the Vietnam Revolutionary League (Vietminh) in which the Vietnamese gained there independance. The Vietminh who were led by Ho Chi Minh and Vo Nguyen Giap trapped and surrounded the french at the base leading to thier victory and ending frances involvement in Vietnam
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    The Vietnam War

  • The Geneva Accords

    The Geneva Accords
    At the Geneva Conference, French and Ho Chi Minh's Communists sign Indochina Truce Accords which, basically divides Vietnam into North Vietnam and South Vietnam at the 17th Parallel. A cease fire was also signed by the French to withdraw from Vietnam. Although a election was suppose to be held, it never happened which led to Ngo Dinh Diem the leader of South Vitenam and Ho Chi Minh the leader of the Veitminh and North to a Communist state.
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    The Ho Chi Minh Trail

    The Ho Chi Minh Trail was not just one trail but a series of trails. The Ho Chi Minh Trail was used by the North Vietnamese as a route for its troops to get into the South. They used the trail for other things such as a route for weapons, food and equipment. The Ho Chin Minh Trail ran along the Laos/Cambodia and Vietnam borders.
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    Operation Agent Orange

    The American troops used chemicals in the warfare to dissolve the forest and "hiding" spots of the Vietcong. It was also used to destroy thier crops which would contain of thier food.
  • Assisnation of Ngo Dinh Diem

    Assisnation of Ngo Dinh Diem
    Ngo Dinh Diem denied the agreements set by the Geneva accords and refused to participate in the nation wide elections. The U.S were very supportive in this idea and decision because they didn't want a chance for the Vietnamese choose a Communist society. Also the U.S were very interested and certain that they wanted Ngo Dinh Diem to remain in power in South Vietnam. Although he was aided by the U.S government he was later killed in a coup.
  • The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
    North Vietnamese boats in the Gulf of Tonkin were alleged to have attacked without provocation, U.S. destroyers that were transporting information to South Vietnam.
    It was the Congressional solution allowing the deployment of US forces to South Vietnam. it was basically an excuse to deploy troops into vietnam for Lyndon B. Jonhson.
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    Operation Rolling Thunder

    This is when combined U.S Air Forces
    flew more than two million sorties and dropped over one million tons of bombs on North Vietnam. Its goals were to demoralize the North Vietnamese, take out their logistical support, and to raise the morale of political and military elites of South Vietnam.
  • The Tet Offensive

    The Tet Offensive
    The Tet Offensive was the series of surprise attacks on major cities, towns, and military bases all throughout South Vietnam. These were launched by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops. The U.S army was astoinished by the attack. I say it was the turning point of the war becuase many Americans beleived they had won the fight displaying it on media etc..
  • My Lai Massacre

    My Lai Massacre
    US Army troops murdered several hundred Vietnamese civilians at the villages of My Lai.The victims were mostly elderly men, women and children, who were all not a part of any organization, Many were also sexually assaulted, tortured. it was considered to be one of the most horrifying conflicts in the battle.
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    Vietnamization was a policy presented by the newly elected Richard Nixon. His plan was to enable the gradual withdraw of U.S. soldiers by encouraging South Vietnam to take the lead in fighting the war.
  • The Fall of Saigon

    The Fall of Saigon
    This is when the Peoples army of Vietnam and the National Liberation Front captured Saigon, the captial oof South Vietnam. this would lead to the South Vietnamese and American evacuation which also concluded the Vietnam War and led to the expansion of a Communist regime gained by the north organizations.