The Vietnam War

By: Yasira Smith & Collin Wallance

Theme

The Vietnam War commonly referred to as "America's longest war”. The Vietnam War is one of the most controversial and traumatic events in American history.For approximately fifteen years, the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) fought against an American-supported Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam). The Vietnam War was the struggle between nationalist forces attempting to unify the country of Vietnam under a communist government and the United States attempting to prevent the spread of communism.

The start of The Vietnam War

The north Veitnam government was communist, and the United States did not want that to spread to south Vietnam. Fearing that if it did spread then it would start a "domino affect", which meant that if Vietnam converted to comunism then the sorrounding countries of laos and Korea to all of southeastern Asia was communist. This could not happen because, if china and India became communist then there would be no stopping it until all of aisa was a big landmass compleatly devoted to destroying the U.S and other democratic nations in Europe. So they proceeded in to stoping comunism but failed unfourtunately.

Consequences of the Vietnam War

  • The first problem the United States have had to face was the vet’s problem. Imagine five hundred thousands young guys, wounded or not, most of them unemployed, coming home. Each of them is a problem. A lot of money was spent to help the wounded vet, hospitals were built, just to keep alive the soldiers, the U.S. had been proud to send to Vietnam.

  • More insidious was the problem of the vet suffering of mental illness. Nobody knows how many dollars were spent to help young ex-soldiers to forget all the dreadful things they had seen or done.

  • The vet’s came back home with another problem: drugs. Since the end of the sixties drugs became a problem in the army and not only the soft ones, the consumption of heroin spread among the soldiers. An official report states that more than one third of U.S. soldiers had tasted hard drugs during Vietnam war.

Who contributed in the war?

  1. North Vietnam - COMMUNISTS; therefore they were supported by China & Russia

  2. South Vietnam - NON-COMMUNISTS; The USA was backed up by the South East Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) made up of....

  • Australia

  • France

  • New Zealand

  • Pakistan

  • The Philippines

  • Thailand

  • the UK and the US. Australia

  • Thailand actually supplied aid and troops

  • In addition Japan and Okinawa supplied US bases and support

Characteristics

  • The Vietnam War was the longest war in United States history.
  • Despite the decades of resolve, billions and billions of dollars, nearly 60,000 American lives and many more injuries, the United States failed to achieve its objectives.


Conclusion

The conclusion of the Vietnam war was that neither side won or lost. "The American and vietnamese both fought but the rightfull one is the most hurt one. It was a rich man war but a poor man fight". America withdrew from the war when they signed the Paris Peace Accord. The war ended on April 30, 1975.