Vietnam War Terms

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ID: Dien Bien Phu was the location of a French attack. The French attack on Dien Bien Phu ended in the Vietnamese favor. The French lost due to a poor location and false assumptions that the Vietnamese would not climb the hills. Sig: The people of Vietnam have wanted to be independent for 2,000 years. Consequently, there is no way a small hill would stop them from being independent from the French. This allowed the Vietnamese to prevail over the French Imperials. Dien Bien Phu was the first time a third world country defeated a first world country. This defeat gave huge confidence in not only Vietnam, but all other third world countries. With the win at Dien Bien Phu, it gave Vietnam the confidence that they could beat anyone. That is important because it could mean that they get in over their head and try to fight somebody too big. The win in Dien Bien Phu also showed determination, persistence, and strategy. This would allow them to continue their endeavor into the fights with American soldiers. ID: The Domino Theory was the belief held by the United States during the Vietnam War. The Domino Theory states that once one nation falls to communism, all of the surrounding nations will also fall to communism. Sig: The Domino Theory made it mandatory to stop a country once it became communist. If the country was left alone, it would spread all across the region. An example of this was in North Vietnam. If North Vietnam was not tended to, then its Communist
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