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Vietnam War Pictures. 1- Climate/Terrain of Vietnam. Humid, tropical climate Many Americans not used to this Viet Cong are used to it Huge advantage to opposition. 2- Viet Cong Soldiers. Blended in with rest of Vietnamese people Included children, women, etc.

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1 climate terrain of vietnam
1- Climate/Terrain of Vietnam

  • Humid, tropical climate

  • Many Americans not used to this

  • Viet Cong are used to it

  • Huge advantage to opposition

2 viet cong soldiers
2- Viet Cong Soldiers

  • Blended in with rest of Vietnamese people

  • Included children, women, etc.

  • Supported unification of Vietnam under communism

3 viet cong guerilla warfare
3- Viet Cong guerilla warfare

  • Used extensive tunnel system to move throughout different parts of Vietnam

  • Known for use of land mines

  • Definition- the use of hit-and run tactics by small, mobile groups of irregular forces operating in territory controlled by ahostile,regular force

4 american soldiers
4- American Soldiers

  • Young, innocent recent high school/college graduates

  • Initially excited for fighting

  • Many questioned why there were fighting the war

5 b 52s and saturation bombing
5- B-52s and Saturation bombing

  • U.S. armed forces most destructive way of fighting

  • Saturation- concentrated in one place

  • Often killed as many innocent civilians as enemy soldiers

6 agent orange
6- Agent Orange

  • Used as herbicidal warfare

  • Deadly gas often dropped in densely forested areas

  • Manufactured for U.S. armed forces by private chemical companies

  • Killed thousands, over 3 million people allegedly affected, livestock and crops affected as well

  • Many still affected today

  • Now illegal

7 napalm
7- Napalm

  • Gel-like substance that is very flammable

  • Used as bombs for United States

  • Dropped throughout Vietnam

8 gulf of tonkin resolution
8- Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

  • North Vietnam allegedly sank the U.S.S. Maddox- August 4, 1964

  • LBJ supported resolution to start American involvement in Vietnam War

  • Resolution- August 7, 1964

    • Almost unanimously agreed

9 tet offensive
9- Tet Offensive

  • 1US losses more than 1100, ARVN 2300

  • More than 12, 500 civilians killed

  • Devastating Effect on American public opinion – 78 percent of Americans said no progress was being made; 26 percent approved Johnson’s handling of the war

  • Increase in the credibility gap – Tet seemed to show LBJ’s progress offensive was an exaggeration, to some a lie – Kennedy speech

10 my lai massacre
10- My Lai Massacre

  • On March 16, 1968, the men of Charlie Company, 11th Brigade, America Division entered the village of My Lai. “This is what you’ve been waiting for--search and destroy-- and you’ve got it,” said their superior officers.

  • “Lieutenant Calley, for his part, was said to have rounded up a group of the villagers, ordered them into a ditch, and mowed them down in a blast of machine gun fire”

  • It took more than a year for the shocking story of the My Lai massacre to reach the news stands.


11 vietnamization
11- Vietnamization

  • Process of removing soldiers out of Vietnam

  • Remove American troops but continue to train South Vietnam

    • Hopefully they can win war

  • Took place from 1969-1973

  • Nixon did this because

    • Military advisors said that SV soldiers were ready

    • Pressure from American public

12 u s bombing of cambodia
12- U.S. Bombing of Cambodia

  • Fear of the domino theory

  • Viet Cong and North Vietnamese bases there

  • Since Vietnamization, we still need to help out

  • Nearly 500,000 civilian casualties from bombs

  • Cambodia ultimately fell to a communist regime

  • PR nightmare for Nixon!