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History Revision ­ Vietnam
The Two Sides




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Why did the US get involved in Vietnam?

Containment

The USA wanted to stop communism spreading as they did not
want the domino theory to happen so they adopted a policy of
containment.
Containment meant stopping the advance of communism,…

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US Politics

The elections were coming up and so the best way to get votes was
to get involved in preventing/acting against communism. They
chose Vietnam as the country to get involved with.

Business

Big businessmen and generals actually wanted a war, because it
would make them money.…

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American Tactics

Tactic Effect (Successful/Unsuccessful)
Bombing (Operation Rolling UNSUCCESSFUL:
Thunder) Disrupted supply routes. Only
Slowed them down. Immense
costs.
Chemicals Weapons (Agent UNSUCCESSFUL: Killed many
Orange and Napalm) children and civilians. Destroyed
forests and homes.
Search and Destroy Missions UNSUCCESSFUL: Raids were
based on Inadequate
information. Innocent Villages…

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Agent Orange Pesticide used to spray the jungle and destroy the hide outs of the enemy
Bouncing Betty Land mine which would bounce when triggered and then explode in the a
China Communist country which supported the Vietcong and sent supplies dow
the Ho Chi Minh trail.
Containment…

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Reasons why the USA failed in Vietnam (Problems They Faced)

Inexperienced soldiers
Not used to the terrain
Didn't always know who the enemy were
Didn't know where the enemy were
Soldiers had low moral
Public opinion did not encourage them
Many soldiers deserted the army or turned to…

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They saw the action from the front lines and the My Lai massacre due
to the media.

They also saw Vietnam as symbol of defeat and moral corruption
rather than US action against communism. The protests included
taunting the president, draft dodging, burning the American flag,
setting off…

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Fell to communism after 2 years without the help of the USA.
They were left with a corrupt government.
They now had a weakened South Vietnamese army.
The domino theory never happened.

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