- Created by: Charlotte Emily Turner
- Created on: 13-09-17 11:42
1965-1968: Operation Rolling Thunder
Search & Destroy
1962: JFK had approved Operation Ranch Hand
1965: June 75,000
1964: China gave NV 80,000 guns!
1964: Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
#1 Goal: 'Peace with honour'
Vietnamisation would show that the US was willing to withdraw, but would also strengthen the ARVN
Withdrew 500,000 troops in 3 years!
Increased from 82,000 to 1 million (1968-1970)
Spring Offensive (1972): Only 8000 died! (40,000 NV died!)
Cambodia: Success (but, still had US aid)
Laos: Massive military failure! (without US, they were inefficient)
Still had low morale & depended on the US!
Lon Nol's Army:
No match for the Khmer Rouge
US sent 119 advisers (1971)
Nol discouraged co-operation across the air-force, army & navy
Did not heed advice from the US advisers
Desertions (ineffectively led soldiers!)
Paris Peace Accords:
US had to stop bombing Cambodia
Khmer Rouge (40,000) intensified fighting
Khmer Rouge isolated Phnom Penh & attacked the capital