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Indochinese war for independence after WW2 Indochina was divided into North- and South Vietnam and gained independence along with Cambodia and Laos. Temporary partition , north and south The Geneva Convention , northern vietnamese fled southwards The domino theory , communism

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Indochinese war for independence after WW2

Indochina was divided into North- and South Vietnam and gained independence along with Cambodia and Laos


  • Temporarypartition, north

    and south

  • The GenevaConvention,

    northernvietnamesefledsouthwards

  • The domino theory, communism

  • Insurgency in the South

  • National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam (NLF)


  • John F. Kenedywonelection in the US

  • South Vietnam needsmilitaryhelp

  • More frequentattacks from the north

  • The Ho Chi Minh trail (supply route)

  • The Green Beret was sent in


  • USS Maddoxattacked by torpedoes

  • US outnumbered, 1/10

  • Operation Rolling Thunder, 1965-69

  • Bombed back to the Stone Age

  • 1965, 3,500 US Marines were dispatched to the south

  • Defense, 200,000 by Dec.

  • Shake ’n’ Bakesoldiers

  • Nowheresafe for Americans


  • Most toxic dioxin available (Agent Orange), 75,700,000 liters sprayed

  • PAVN/NLF hidden under triple-canopy jungle

  • Completely removes foliage

  • In 2006, 4,000,000 victims of dioxin poisoning in Vietnam


  • 80.000 troopsstruck more than 100 cities and militaryobjectives

  • The Offensive was a greatdefeat

  • Started the anti-warmovement in USA



  • Final in Vietnamlarge scale offensive

  • The goalwas to defeat the South Vietnamese forces and force the surrender of the goverment

  • The Fall of Saigon in 1975 marked the end of the war


  • US in Vietnamdefeat, political?

  • ThirdIndochinaWar, 1979

  • Communisttakeover, 2 mio. civiliansfled

  • US turnedtheir back to the marines

  • No aid for veterans suffering mental or physical disabilities, turned to begging or crime


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