Edexcel GCSE History - Vietnam Timeline

This is word 2003 document. The timeline consists of specific dates (as far as my knowledge goes and my text book) of the events that happen during Vietnam. It also gives some consequences and a short timeline of the aftermath before Vietnam became a Communist Country.

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Year Month Event
1941 Vietminh set up by Ho and Giap in Southern China
Aim: Independence from France and Japan
Mao supported the Vietminh
1950 Truman supports French
Support = US$15 million worth of supplies
1954 March Dien Bien Phu
French tried to trap Vietminh by setting up camp but…

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2nd November 1963 ­ Diem was shot

Diem's unpopular government = more support for Vietcong
Governments after Diem were short lived
1962 Strategic Hamlet's policy
Aim: to provide greater security in the countryside
Involved: moving people into fortified villages guarded by troops
but this caused resentment
Therefore more support for…

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US
troops
walked
into traps
USA and
ARVN =
more
unpopular
o Sim
ple
tacti
cs
help
ed
Ho
to
be
succ
essfu
l but
relie
d on
the
local
s to
hide
the
VC
whe
n
nece
ssar
y.
o The
VC
were
helpf
ul
and
polit
e but…

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local
s
woul
dn't
coo
pera
te.
o Up
to
40,0
00
peo
ple
wor
ked
to
keep
the
Ho
Chi
Min
h
trail
open
.
o 11%
of
US
deat
hs
were
caus
ed
by
boo
by
traps
.
o US
A
had
to
use
anot
her
tacti
c…

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the
war
­
che
mica
ls
Age
nt
Ora
nge
­
destr
oys
Jungl
e,
used
82
milli
on
litres
of it
Nap
alm
­
burn
s
victi
ms
at
800
degr
ees
C
This
only
gain
ed
mor
e
supp
ort
for
the
VC
Between VC killed estimated 27,000…

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Worry: most recruits = coloured
st
1968 31 Jan Tet Offensive

VC launched massive attack on over 100 cities and towns in
South Vietnam

Why?
Public holiday ­ half ARVN on leave
War unpopular in USA ­ "defeat" might get the USA out of
Vietnam

Results
Hué destroyed
3000 ARVN…

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8th May 200 Hard Hats cheered when they attacked antiwar protestors
May Kent State University
4 students killed
Sparks off 400 protests and strikes
1971 February South Vietnamese troops and US air support invade Laos
1972 February Nixon visits China
May Moscow Summit
October Agreements reached
N. Vietnam dropped demand…

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