Total war 1964-1967
US commitment to the war against the Viet Cong gathered momentum after 1964. American troops poured into South Vietnam and US bombs rained down on the North. North Vietnam mobilised it’s entire population. Total war descended on Vietnam. American total war
By 1960- the DRV, a nation that had been devastated by the First Indochina war had been transformed into a communist state with a programme of far reaching economic and social reforms. HCM was preparing his state for a continuation of the struggle to unite the two Vietnams. By the early 1960’s, North Vietnam was ready to total war. Ho Chi Minh’s changes
What can you find out about the following (take simple, bullet point notes): • Agricultural reform/ change • Economic changes • The NVA’s political influence • Nationalisation and cooperatives instituted from the late 50’s and early 60’s in Vietnam. Research the changes HCM made.Focus question: How did this indicate North Vietnam was heading towards war?
Who was involved? • What happened? • Where did this incident take place? • How did this event escalate war? How did both sides react? • Why can the GOT incident be considered as a CAUSE of war? Focus: GULF OF TONKIN INCIDENT