The Vietnam war was one of the longest wars in the history of American, and the only war that America ever lost. From 1946 until 1954, the Vietnamese had struggled for their independence from France during the First Indochina War. At the end of this war, the country was temporarily divided into North and South Vietnam. North Vietnam came under the control of the Vietnamese Communists who had opposed France and who aimed for a unified Vietnam under Communist rule.







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The Vietnamese War was the longest war in American history from (1959-1975). This war was between the North Vietnamese and the National Liberation Front and the South Vietnamese army with the United States Army. Before this Vietnamese war, there was a war where the Vietnamese were struggling to have their independence from France. The result of this war, was the division of Vietnam into North and South Vietnam. North Vietnam was in control of the Vietnamese communists who didn't agree with France, while South Vietnam was governed by Vietnamese who worked with the French. In 1965, the United States wanted to help so they sent troops to South Vietnam to keep it from falling apart. It didn't work, since in 1976 Vietnam was under communist control. War between these two sides broke out which led to the death of about 58 thousand Americans and the death of about 1.5 to
2 million Lao and Cambodians in the war.
The Viet Kong troops were masters of guerrilla warfare and had a huge advantage over U.S. troops because of this. Because America was losing so many troops, they turned to chemical warfare to help them out. They used a chemical weapon known as Agent Orange to attack the Viet Kong. Its primary use was to kill plant life and foliage, because the Viet Kong troops often used the forests as cover, and hid in the plants so they could ambush American troops. It was an extremely toxic substance that killed thousands of Vietnamese, destroyed about 80% of Vietnam's forests and vegetation, and even poisoned some of the U.S. soldiers that were handling it. Those who had been in close proximity with it for too long, even if they were just transporting it, often got poisoned and suffered side effects of Agent Orange exposure after the war.
The Viet Kong's mastery of guerilla warfare was enhanced by their weapons as well. They used many types of traps including mines and trip wires. One trap that was used often was a complex network of mines connected by trip wires. These mines would be placed around one area, in fairly close proximity to each other. When a soldier stepped on the sensitive wire, it would be pulled out of the mine's casing, setting off the explosives within. The first explosion would trigger the next, and all of the mines would go off at once. Another common ambush weapon used by Vietnamese troops was a powerful type of mine that had a motion sensor inside it. When a soldier got close enough to it, the mine would actually be propelled a few feet off the ground by a powerful spring. The mine would reach a maximum height of about 5 feet, then explode in mid-air, directly injuring a soldier's torso and face. The soldiers were told that if they stepped on one of these mines, they should keep their foot pressed down hard on it rather than running, because "it's better to get your foot blown off than your head."



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This war was very controversial since many Americans thought that there was no point in going to help the Vietnamese
if they were also seriously affected.

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The Vietnam War is known as the longest war in American history. The war lasted from 1959-1975 which means it lasted for about 16 years. The war was a military struggle fought in Vietnam and the U.S tried to help out but sending troops to try and help out the South Vietnamese government and keep it from collapsing, but sadly the U.S failed to do so.
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"Almost 3 million US men and women were sent thousands of miles to fight for what was a questionable cause. In total, it is estimated that over 2,5 million people on both sides were killed". Vietnam war08

The Vietnam War was one of the longest wars. Around the 1950's the United States started sending
soldiers to Vietnam. By the end of the war around 3 millions men and women soldiers were sent to
Vietnam. Overall about 2.5 million people were killed on both side. Most of the war was started by
the Chinese. http://www.vietnampix.com/intro2.htm
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The vietnam war was the longest war in the U.S. 58,000 american soldiers were killed in vietnam.




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The vietnam war the heaviest death toll at of all American wars. 58,000 american soldiers died in this war. The Vietnamese lost about from 3 to 4 million soldiers on both sides. People say both sides lost. Others say the American's lost that war.http://www.vietnamwar.com/


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TimeLine of the Vietnam War.



"As the War may have been bad for the american that had to fight ,the war was good for Notorious gangster Frank Lucas who benefited from the war by gaining illegal drugs such as heroin and opium. The trade and business between these and other forces was known as the The Golden Triangle . The Golden Triangle is one of Asia's two main illicit opium-producing areas. It is an area of around 350,000 square kilometres that overlaps the mountains of four countries of Southeast Asia: Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand. (Other interpretations of the Golden Triangle also include a section of Yunnan Province, China.)

Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, military struggle fought in Vietnam from 1959 to 1975, involving the North Vietnamese and the National Liberation Front (NLF) in conflict with United States forces and the South Vietnamese army. From 1946 until 1954, the Vietnamese had struggled for their independence from France during the First Indochina War. At the end of this war, the country was temporarily divided into North and South Vietnam. North Vietnam came under the control of Vietnamese Communists who had opposed France and who aimed for a unified Vietnam under Communist rule. The South was controlled by non-Communist Vietnamese. "

The United States had got involved in the war because policymakers believed that if the entire country became communists and the governement followed communism then South Asia would follow the same. This belief was known as the "domino theory."
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The Vietnam war was similar to the Iraq war in that people thought it would be won easily.

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The vietnam war had many casualties. It had a big impact on the u.s.