The War Of The Vietnam War

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The atrocities that took place in Vietnam fifty years ago have left physical and mental scars on the people that were afflicted by the war. Regardless of whether an individual was a civilian or a soldier, both experienced horrors. With over 1.3 million casualties, the war has stricken locals in Vietnam, to families across the United States. The majority of Vietnam 's history has been a challenge for freedom, whether it was from the Chinese around 900 years AD or the French just after World War II. After Ho Chi Minh, a soon to be leader of Vietnam was tired of the Frenchman’s tyranny, declared war and launched attacks against the French in April of 1954. This was the start of the Vietnam war. When the French began to see the casualties…show more content…
Toward the end of the 19th century the French military overcame the Vietnamese and took control over Vietnam. Vietnamese emperors were powerless and French ruled them with tyranny. In 1890 Nguyen Tat Thanh was born. He was well educated and had aspirations of traveling the world. In fact he lived in Brooklyn, New York for nearly a year. His career as a politician started at the treaty of Versailles at the end of World War I. He started a petition to make Vietnam independant, unfortunately for him as a young 29-year-old no one in Versaille listened. After the defeat of Nazis during World War II the Soviet Union began to expand their dictatorship. This is when Nguyen Tat Thanh, now known as Ho Chi Minh took it to his advantage and allied with the Soviets by ultimately making Vietnam communist. By the end of the First Indochina War, Ho Chi Minh and his Viet Minh forces came out victorious against the French. However, due to France’s alliance with the United States, the U.S. was obligated to step in. This is when the “The Vietnam War ” for the United States and the “Second Indochina War” for the Viet Minh has begun.

During March of 1965, the United States had begun air-raiding North Vietnam and other Communist-controlled areas in the South. By 1966 there were almost 200,000 troops deployed by the U.S. in South Vietnam; Meanwhile, North Vietnam was getting weapons such as the popular widespread rifle the AK-47
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