The Vietnam War

June 11, 2012 | In: World War I


The Vietnam War occurred in present-day Vietnam. It represented an attempt of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the National Front of the Liberation of Vietnam to overtake the country and install a communist system. Opposing them was the Republic of Vietnam, backed up by the US army. Even though the war began in 1959, the Americans didn’t send any troops until 1965.

The reasons from which the war started can be found 5 years earlier, when the country was divided by the Geneva Accords. The country was split in two parts, communist and democratic ones. As expected, the communists launched a guerrilla attack on the democrats in order to unite the country under the big communist dream.

In 1964, an American warship was attacked by Vietnamese boats. Soon after, the US Congress declared War. In March 1965 the US airplanes started bombing communist Vietnam.

Knowing that American forces and technology are far greater than theirs, the communist Vietnamese launched a guerrilla war against the US forces. Even though they suffered many losses, the facts sent a message to the people, informing that the war was going well.

In the beginning of the 70s, the US troops started to withdraw and in January 1974, a peace accord was signed in Paris to end the conflict. In less than 3 months, all American troops have left the Asian country. All seemed to go well, but in late ’74, the communists launched another attack. And by 1975, they managed to occupy democratic Vietnam. All in all, the war took 1.400.000 lives, American and Vietnamese. The most casualties were suffered by North Vietnam(communists), with 1.100.000 killed and much more wounded.


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