The Vietnam War Essay

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The Vietnam war started after the disagreements between the French, who had ruled Indochina before World War 2, and the communist Vietminh, founded and led by Ho Chi Minh. The communist Vietminh were determined to fight the French rule and make changes of their own.After the Americans had made the Japanese surrender in August of 1945, Vietminh soldiers took over the capitol city, Hanoi, forced Emperor Bao Dai out of power and replaced him with Ho Chi Minh. On September 2nd they declared themselves independent and announced the creation of North Vietnam. The French recognized the new state, but the French and Vietminh's disagreements eventually led to armed fighting in December 1946. With the ...view middle of the document...

Throughout the year, south Vietnamese that wanted a communist government that had moved to North Vietnam started coming back to South Vietnam, these were known as the Vietcong. The Vietcong started attacking U.S. military installations, and in 1959, started making attacks on the Saigon government.The attacks were getting worse in 1960, the year the North Vietnam said they were trying 'to liberate South Vietnam from the ruling yoke of the U.S. imperialists and their henchmen.' That statement started making people believe that the Vietcong were being led by Hanoi. On November 10th, the Saigon government accused that regular North Vietnamese troops were part of the Vietcong acts. To show that the Vietcong were independant from the North Vietnamese government, they set up their own political group, the National Liberation Front (N.L.F.). with it's headquarters in Hanoi.In December of 1961, John F. Kennedy promised to help South Vietnam keep it's independence, that same month the first 400 uniformed troops arrived in Saigon. A year later, there were a total of 11,200 armed U.S. troops in South Vietnam.On November 1st, 1963, the Diem government was overthrown in a military coup. Diem and his brother, Ngo Dinh Nhu, were executed. The government was led by Brigadier General Duong...

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