The vietnam war was a long, costly and divisive conflict that pitted the communist government of north vietnam against south vietnam and its principal ally, the united states the conflict was intensified by the ongoing cold war between the united states and the soviet union. A continuing struggle the original nvvrs results were published in 1988 and found that current vietnam veterans with ptsd accounted for 15 percent of the 27 million americans who served in the war over 30 percent of the study participants had reported effects that were classified as ptsd at some point during the 15 years since the war ended. Many became openly critical of the war and joined organizations fighting against war and for civil rights stern quotes one returned black veteran from vietnam as saying, i would never fight on a foreign shore for america again . But the us military itself was not always the envy of the world and had to reinvent itself after the vietnam war by the end of the vietnam war and the years afterwards, racial tensions and drug. The war ended on april 30, 1975, when saigon surrendered almost without fighting to the communist forces, ending the united states' involvement in vietnam photo by afp/getty images.
Jumping into the waist-deep mud, i became stuck, giving real meaning to the phrase 'vietnam quagmire' while the rest of the team raced to the edge of the landing zone (lz), out of the exposed area, my section leader trudged out into the lz, laughing, to pull me out of the mud. The vietnam war was far more complex from the vietnamese perspective than anything portrayed in the western media my father [pictured above with his american advisor] was a colonel in the. Vietnam after world war two in october 1946, the french announced their intention of reclaiming the north which meant that the viet minh would have to fight for it the war started in november 1946, when the french bombarded the port of haiphong and killed 6,000 people.
Stories about the vietnam war have been told time and time again, mostly from the american and the north vietnamese communist viewpoints rarely is the vietnam war shared from the perspectives of the south vietnamese refugees, many of whom now live among us as hardworking and patriotic americans. It is instead one former viet cong political official's personal account of struggling against french colonialism, then against american intervention in vietnam's civil war after the french were ousted, and then his disillusionment with what followed the communist victory. The paris peace accords on ending the war and restoring peace in vietnam were signed on january 27, officially ending direct us involvement in the vietnam war the agreement called for the withdrawal of all us personnel and an exchange of prisoners of war.
For nearly a decade, american combat soldiers fought in south vietnam to help sustain an independent, noncommunist nation in southeast asia after us troops departed in 1973, the collapse of south vietnam in 1975 prompted a lasting search to explain the united states' first lost war. The us tried to inscribe the war in vietnam into its cold war campaign, thomas bass, a historian and journalism professor at university at albany, state university of new york, told me. The vietnam people's army (vpa) is the official name for the active military services of vietnam, and is subdivided into the vietnam people's ground forces, the vietnam people's navy, the vietnam people's air force, the vietnam border defense force and the vietnam coast guard.
Stanley karnow's vietnam: a history, provides a decent overview of the history of this country -- dominated for so long by china and then france -- as well as the vietnam war, and the quagmire that the us involvement became. Gump was even a very active part of important world events, including george wallace protests about desegregation, the war of vietnam, the diplomacy period of ping pong, abbie hoffman's lead of activism, a meeting with the black panther party, and also the watergate scandal. Vietnam war: 30 years later posted on april 29, 2005, there is at the outset a very obvious and almost facile connection between the war in vietnam and the struggle i, and others, have been.
Vietnam war, (1954-75), a protracted conflict that pitted the communist government of north vietnam and its allies in south vietnam, known as the viet cong, against the government of south vietnam and its principal ally, the united states. The vietnam war, also known as the second indochina war, or the vietnam conflict, occurred from 1959 to april 30, 1975 the war was fought between the communist democratic republic of vietnam (north vietnam), supported by its communist allies, and the us-supported republic of vietnam (south vietnam. The vietnam war was fought between communist north vietnam and the government of southern vietnam the north was supported by communist countries such as the people's republic of china and the soviet union. The titanic struggle for control of the city of hue occurred at the height of the tet offensive one of the longest and bloodiest battles of the vietnam war, america has not experienced urban combat since then exceeding the scale of the fighting in hue.
Vietnam - world war ii and independence: for five years during world war ii, indochina was a french-administered possession of japan on september 22, 1940, jean decoux, the french governor-general appointed by the vichy government after the fall of france to the nazis, concluded an agreement with the japanese that permitted the stationing of 30,000 japanese troops in indochina and the use of. From matthew masur, nationalism, communism, and the vietnam war, in understanding and teaching the vietnam war, ed john tully, brad austin, and matthew masur (madison: university of wisconsin press, forthcoming. Colonial war without world war ii, the struggle in vietnam might have played out very differently the japanese had occupied french indochina (vietnam, laos and cambodia) in 1940, and they left the fascist vichy french government, allied with tokyo's german partner after the fall of france in 1940, in charge of day-to-day affairs.