Restraining the military in vietnam in hindsight probably prevented a nuclear war with china or russia the vietnam war was shortly after china got involved in the korean war, the time of the cuban missile crisis, soviet aggression in eastern europe and the proliferation of nuclear bombs. Since vietnam itself was a failure in terms of how the american way of war worked, the second half of the movie basically illustrates very simply how and why vietnam went wrong the soldiers engage in a mission that involves hunting down and killing a girl. For more detailed information on geriatrics and older vietnamese americans, see stanford's ethno med health and health care of vietnamese american older adults this is an on-line learning module, but you can download the module as a pdf and print the cultural profile by filling out a short survey. American involvement in the vietnam war ranged from 1950 to 1975 following the second world war, ho chi minh was successful in regaining control of indochina however, france soon returned to power.
Douglas pete peterson, a prisoner of war for 6 years during the vietnam war, is named us envoy to the socialist republic of vietnam, while he le van bang assumes the position of vietnamese ambassador to the united states. Americans who tromped, humped, and slogged through vietnam on one-year tours of duty are invariably the focus of those histories, while vietnamese who endured a decade or even decades of war. The vietnam conflict extract data file of the defense casualty analysis system (dcas) extract files contains records of 58,220 us military fatal casualties of the vietnam war these records were transferred into the custody of the national archives and records administration in 2008. The vietnam war continues to influence american attitudes toward the use of force overseas, and the analogy of vietnam has been a staple of critics of us intervention in foreign internal wars since the fall of saigon in 1975.
Vietnam is based on the totality of the evidence available to the american and french authorities, including, in the first two cases, the debriefings of the many thousands of prisoners who. - the attacks by communist forces inside south vietnam's major cities and towns that began around the vietnamese new year (tet) of 1 february 1968 were the peak of an offensive that took place over a period of several months during the vietnam war gen william c westmoreland, the american commander in vietnam, believed the attacks to be a. Vietnamese americans are more likely to be christians than the vietnamese in vietnam christians (mainly roman catholics) make up about six percent of vietnam's population and about 23 percent of the vietnamese american population. Vietnam's war was predominately an internal civil war without external influence, except for a short period of time when china invaded in 1978 the american troops had difficulty determining friend from foe because many south vietnamese sided with the north vietnamese because the south vietnamese government was corrupt.
A strong vietnam was the reason for china's failure in cambodia (sino-vietnamese war mentioned above) so it's just a common mistake thinking that all communist states were dreaming of fighting together against evil american imperialists. Vo van dang, 40, is the son of a vietnam war-era us gi and a former prostitute tormented as a child of the enemy throughout his upbringing, dang spent his early years in a communist labor camp. The top-scoring american pilots in vietnam, by comparison, had only five kills each on paper, the air war over vietnam should have been a grossly one-sided contest. The vietnam war was a turbulent time in american history, with vocal opposition to it on the home front and thousands of americans in harm's way in southeast asia. The thesis of turse, and of his vietnam war books, is that american acts of violence against vietnamese civilians weren't accidental and they weren't rare—they were a systematic part of the war and soldiers were trained for and ordered to take part in hate-based slaughter.
Forty years after millions of vietnamese were killed in the war, in which more than 58,000 americans also died, locals i've spoken with bear little animosity toward the united states during the. The war was the most violent conflict since the wwii - some estimates suggest that more than 3 million vietnamese lost their lives and millions more died in laos and cambodia. The americans denuded the landscape with chemicals to deny cover to the viet cong the photographer was sickened by what he saw, since the vietnamese regard mangrove forests as bountiful areas for.
(1968) during the vietnamese new year, the nva launched a suprise attack into south vietnam the offensive got as far as saigon, and the the vc even took over part of the us embassy, the assault was eventually pushed back and was a victory for the americans, but it lowered the support at home for the war. For north vietnam there was a severe local rebellion in 1957 (line 232) and the rebellion of s vietnamese against north vietnam cadre and by national liberation front guerrillas after the vietnam war (lines 233 to 235. America's involvement in vietnam, that was to lead to a full-scale military attack on north vietnam, was all part of the cold war scenario that had enveloped world politics in the 1950's, john foster dulles, us secretary of state, had formulated the domino theory.
Basically because the vietnamese wanted to win more than the americans did there were a couple of reasons for this first, the americans were an invading force, and the vietnamese were fighting. The american public in the 1960s was less concerned about the threat of communism and saw vietnam as a civil war not affecting the us television also played a part in that the public could see american soldiers at war on a daily basis. The literature about the vietnam war, as raw and real as it was, seems to have faded from view unlike great war fiction—the red and the black, the red badge of courage, war and peace, all quiet on the western front, and a farewell to arms—that is read for generations, becoming part of a literary culture, the vietnam novels and memoirs are specific to a time and place.