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Vietnam. VIETNAM. North and South Vietnam 1956. Why Vietnam?. I.) French Indochina 1945-1954 - French colony (Western Democracy) - After WWII Vietminh revolt * Ho Chi Minh (Communist) - French lose at Dien Bien Phu * Ho Chi Minh’s Vietminh are victorious

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Why vietnam
Why Vietnam?

I.) French Indochina 1945-1954

- French colony (Western Democracy)

- After WWII Vietminh revolt

* Ho Chi Minh (Communist)

- French lose at Dien Bien Phu

* Ho Chi Minh’s Vietminh are victorious

- Domino Theory!!!!!

Eisenhower


Vietnam

II.) The North

- Ho Chi Minh

- Communist

- North Vietnamese Army (NVA)

- Vietcong

- Ho Chi Minh Trail


Vietnam

III.) The South

- Ngo Dinh Diem (ruthless, Catholic)

- Anti-Communist

- Supported by the U.S.A.

- Fought Against North

- Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN)



How the heck did we get involved
How the Heck Did We Get Involved

IV.) Tonkin Gulf Resolution 1964

- American Destroyer USS Maddox

- Operation Rolling Thunder

- 1965 50,000 U.S. troops arrive in South Vietnam

- Pentagon Papers

* Credibility Gap


A rude awakening
A Rude Awakening

V. The Nastiness of War

- Vietcong and NVA are elusive

- Thick jungle

- US troops are out of their

element- Young and

in-experienced


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