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Vietnam 1954 - 1975

Why did the US get involved?

1. Containment
China had fallen to communism in 1949, and America had fought in Korea in 1950-53 to
contain the spread of communism.
The US president, Lyndon B. Johnson, said: "I am not going to be the president who saw…

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They forced the peasants to leave Vietcong-controlled areas and made them live in
defended strategic hamlets in loyal areas. This created immense opposition, and allowed
Vietcong infiltrators into loyal areas.
American troops were sent on patrols, then supported by air and artillery when attacked.
This demoralised the soldiers, who realised…


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