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Transcript of Vietnam war
Soldiers in a trench. Sources: Unknown
Whether they volunteered or were drafted, 1 out of 10 soldiers were injured or killed during Vietnam.
In 1965 Lyndon.B Johnson decided to send 3,500 marines to Vietnam as a defensive force. In december this number was nearly 200 000.
US commanders was badly prepeard on defense.
They begun losing because of this. The morale plummeted and many soldiers deserted.
Allied War crimes
In 1968, the Vietnam War Crimes Working Group was established by the Pentagon task force set up in the wake of the My Lai Massacre, to attempt to ascertain the veracity of emerging claims of war crimes by U.S. armed forces in Vietnam, during the Vietnam War period.
The investigation compiled over 9,000 pages of investigative files, indicating that 320 incidents had factual basis. The substantiated cases included 7 massacres between 1967 and 1971 in which at least 137 civilians were killed; seventy eight further attacks targeting non-combatants resulting in at least 57 deaths, 56 wounded and 15 sexually assaulted; one hundred and forty-one cases of US soldiers torturing civilian detainees or prisoners of war with fists, sticks, bats, water or electric shock.'
North Vietnamese and Viet Cong war crimes
Viet Cong insurgents reportedly sliced off the genitals of village chiefs and sewed them inside their bloody mouths, cut off the tongues of helpless victims, rammed bamboo lances through one ear and out the other, slashed open the wombs of pregnant women, machine gunned children, hacked men and women to pieces with machetes, and cut off the fingers of small children who dared to get an education. According to a U.S. report, squads were assigned monthly assassination quotas. (sorces not confirmed)
Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th president of USA
1st president of Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh
South Vietnam: 195 000 - 450 000 civilian dead
1 170 000 wounded.
USA: 58 220 dead 303 644 wounded
North Vietnam & viet kong: 400 000 - 1100 000 missing or dead.
Soviet Union: 16 dead
A napalm strike erupts in a fireball near U.S. troops on patrol in South Vietnam, 1966 during the Vietnam War.
A UH-1 "Huey" The most widely used helicopter along the ch-47 "chinook. It was a used as a gunship, transport helicopter and CASEVAC
One of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnam War,
The communists launched a wave of attacks in the late night hours of 30 January
The initial attacks stunned the US and South Vietnamese armies
Quickly regrouped to push back the attacks,
During the Battle of Huế, intense fighting lasted for a month resulting in the destruction of the city by US forces.
Around the US base at Khe Sanh fighting continued for two more months
It had a strong effect on the US government and shocked the US public.
Weapons and Artillery
USA & South Vienam: B-52 Heavy bomber
F-4 phantom fighter jet
SU & North vietnam: SU & chinese made guns
Bambo Booby Traps
SA-7 grail missile
After Affects on Soliders
Drug & alcohol use
5th president of the USSR
Ngô Đình Diệm
1st president of South Vietnam
William Westmoreland. "I am convinced that U.S. troops with their energy, mobility, and firepower can successfully take the fight to the Viet Cong." (adapted)