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Air and Ground War. Identify: Ho Chi Minh Ngo Dinh Diem Vietminh Vietcong Which forces made up the two opposing sides during the Vietnam War? U.S. military and South Vietnamese forces vs. Vietcong and North Vietnamese. Essential Question: .

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air and ground war
Air and Ground War

Identify:

Ho Chi Minh

Ngo Dinh Diem

Vietminh

Vietcong

Which forces made up the two opposing sides during the Vietnam War?

U.S. military and South Vietnamese forces

vs.

Vietcong and North Vietnamese

essential question
Essential Question:

What strategies were used by the Americans and the Vietcong in the air and ground war?

the air war 1965 1968
The Air War 1965-1968
  • N. Vietnamese attack American bases
  • Operation Rolling Thunder: massive air strike in the North
  • Concentrated on Ho Chi Minh trail
  • Use of defoliants to expose enemy supply routes (Agent Orange)
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Operation Rolling Thunder

More bombs dropped on Vietnam than all the bombs dropped by the allies during WWII

effects of agent orange
Effects of Agent Orange

Vietnamese babies deformed and stillborn after exposure to Agent Orange

A Vietnamese general exposed to Agent Orange

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Napalm Fire

Napalm: jellied form of gasoline used to destroy farms and forests

Napalm Burn Victims

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Cluster Bombs: spray sharp metal fragments

Carpet bombing: no intended target, cover large area

the ground war 1965 1968
The Ground War 1965-1968
  • Search and destroy missions
  • No territorial goals
  • Vietcong used guerilla tactics and booby traps
  • Who is the enemy?
    • Farmers by day; guerillas at night.
    • Very patient people willing to accept many casualties.
    • The US grossly underestimated their resolve.

The guerilla wins if he does not lose, the conventional army loses if it does not win.

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Cassava diet

Vietcong Tunnel for tourists

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