History Revision - Vietnam War

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History Revision - Vietnam War
1 Origins of Conflict
1.1 1939 - Vietnam was part of French Indo-China
1.1.1 Included Laos and Cambodia as well French rule was harsh
1.1.2 1930's - Uprisings led by Nationalist Party of Vietnam Attempts crushed by French 1940 - Japan invades and occupies Indo-China Ideal opportunity for Vietnamese to gain independence Overthrow French 1941 - Leading Vietnamese communists : Ho Chi Minh and Nguyen Vo Giap set up League for independence of Vietnam/Vietminh Aim: Establish independence from French and Japanese rule US intelligence helped train and equip Vietminh 1944 - Ready to begin guerilla operations against the Japanese in North Vietnam Small scale attacks Successful Gained support for Vietminh August 1945 - The Vietminh had 5000 guerilla fighters Japanese defeated in WW2 Forced to evacuate all conquests Including Vietnam September 1945 - Ho Chi Minh occupied Hanoi and Saigon Claimed Vietnam to be independent Democratic republic At first US didn't want to see restoration of old colonial empires Sympathised with Ho Chi Minh and idea of an independent Vietnam New independent republic was short lived Weeks later French moved 50000 troops into Indo-China Quickly restored control over South Vietnam Vietminh were not strong here Drove Ho Chi Minh and followers into jungles of the North Next 5 years Ho Chi Minh would establish guerilla warfare against the French 1949 - Chinese Communist Party won its civil war Led by Mao Zedong Established comunist government Led to 2 major developments in Vietnam Mao supported Vietminh Gave them military supplies USA now feared communism sweeping across Asia Switched support to helping French 1950 - US President Truman sent French $15 million of supplies Over 4 years USA gave French $3 billion 1951 - Vietminh moved away from guerilla warfare and moved to bigger attacks on well defended French positions Battle for Vietnamese independence took place in the French garrison Dien Bien Phu French had tried to trap Vietminh by camping at Dien Bien phu Vietminh surrounded camp and set up gun positions of hills nearby Prevented French from getting supplies May 1954 - French Surrendered Two months later an armistice was signed French agreed to leave Indo-China 165000 French troops had been at Dien Bien Phu, only 3000 survived
2 USA Involvement
2.1 During the 50's the USA became more involved in Vietnam
2.1.1 Part of their policy of containment Stopping the spread of communism
2.2 Geneva Agreement
2.2.1 After Bien Dien Phu USA, Britain, France, USSR, China and Vietnam met in Geneva In Switzerland, neutral territory Decide the fate of Vietnam
2.2.2 Points that were agreed Vietnam to be temporarily divide along the 17th parallel into North and South Vietnam North Vietnam would be ruled by Ho Chi Minh South Vietnam would be ruled Ngo Dinh Dien Vietnam forces would pull out of the South French forces would pull out of the North There would early elections in July 1956 Elect government for the whole of Vietnam Reunite Vietnam
2.3 The Domino Theory
2.3.1 President Eisenhower believed in this theory Wanted to stop the spread of communism to South of Vietnam Feared joint elections Didn't want Ho Chi Minh to win He was a communist His popularity had grown in the South Fears shared with China If Vietnam became communist, so would Laos, Cambodia and other coutries
2.4 Support for Ngo Dinh Dien
2.4.1 Eisenhower determined to maintain South Vietnam set up This meant that they would need to prop Ngo Dinh Dien He was elected official president of South Vietnam Elections were rigged 65000 people from Saigon voted for Ngo Dinh Dien Saigon only had a population of 45000 USA knew that the elections were rigged but did nothing They needed Dien as president
2.4.2 No intention to sticking to the Geneva agreement about a reunification vote Dien refused the election in the South because he knew that he had the support of the USA As long as he stopped the spread of communism USA sent said and military advisers to train the South Vietnamese
2.5 Unpopular Dien Government
2.5.1 Dien had served in the French administrarions Because of this he was unpopular and a bad president
2.5.2 He was a Catholic and most Vietnamese were Buddhists Persecuted Buddhists Stopped them from flying the Buddhist flag on Buddha's birthday In protest, Quang Duc a Buddhist, set himself on fire against Dien's religious policies Madame Nhu, Diem's sister, said she wished there would be more of these "barbecues" Filled government with Catholic landowners
2.5.3 His government was harsh and ruled as a dictator His main focus was to hunt down Vietminh supporters Send them to prison camps and "re-educate" them Those who would not change would be executed
2.5.4 Eisenhower encouraged him to give land to the peasants He did the opposite He took the land from the peasants and gave it to his followers The few peasants that did have land had to pay for it in installments He'd make them pay higher taxes and work for free during some parts of the year
3 Methods used by the Vietcong
3.1 Manly used guerilla tactics in the south
3.1.1 Strength of US resources and equipment NVA and Vietcong no match for USA and ARVN in open warfare
3.1.2 Support from peasants in South
3.1.3 Essential supplies coming from the North Ho Chi Minh triail 40000 Vietnamese worked on trail
3.1.4 Knowledge of jungles in the South
3.2 Guerilla tactics
3.2.1 Ho Chi Minh studied these from Mao Zedong 1930's and 1940's Successful struggle against Chinese Nationalist Party
3.2.2 Used against Japanese during WW2 Against French in years after
3.2.3 Retreat when attacked Raid when the enemy camps Attack when the enemy tires Pursue when the enemy retreats
3.2.4 Attacks dependent on peasantry support Vietcong expected to be nice to villagers Would often help peasants during busy times Contrasts "search and destroy" tactics Could be ruthless when necessary Kill peasants when they opposed them Tax collectors, police, teachers and other South Vietnamese government officials Between 1966 - 1971 Vietcong estimated to have killed 27000 civilians
3.3 Effectiveness of guerilla attacks
3.3.1 Aim : wear down enemy soldiers and wreck their morale Very effective US troops lived in constant fear of ambushes and booby traps 11% of deaths caused by booby traps Cheap and easy to make Sharpened bamboo stakes hidden by leaves and twigs easily pierced boots
3.3.2 Vietcong almost impossible to detect Didn't wear uniforms No bases or headquarters Worked in small groups and not easily distinguishable from peasants and villagers Attacked and disappeared into the jungle Villages Underground tunnels
3.4 Importance of the underground tunnels
3.4.1 Vietcong feared US bomb raids Dug deep tunnels around Saigon 320 kilometers
3.4.2 Self contained Had booby traps refuge from bombs and guerilla fighters
3.4.3 Death trap to US and ARVN
4 Vietcong's stengths
4.1 Almost unlimited supply of soldiers
4.1.1 North Vietnam used conscription Each year Hanoi sent 100000 troops to South
4.2 Fought for 2 causes
4.2.1 Communism Wanted to fight for liberation in the South
4.2.2 Reunification of Vietnam
4.3 Prepared for a heavy body count
4.3.1 Between 500000 and 900000 died in the war
4.4 Knew the terrain
4.4.1 Skilled in guerilla warfare And jungle warfare
4.5 Won support from peasants in the south
4.5.1 Alienated by government and US search and destroy tacticts
4.6 Supplied by USSR and China
4.6.1 Necessary equipment for war
4.6.2 USSR provided 8000 anti aircraft guns 200 anti aircraft missile sites
4.6.3 Total assistance between both the countries = $2 billion Between 1965 and 1968
4.7 Vietcong bases were well hidden
4.7.1 Booby trapped to harm US soldiers
5 Vietcong weakness
5.1 Not everyone in North Vietnam backed the idea of war
5.1.1 There had always been hostility between the North and South
5.2 Lack of air power and military resources
5.2.1 Compared to US
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