Vietnam War

By Lillie and Daisy

What actually happened?

The Vietnam War was a long struggle between the Communist forces (North Vietnam, Viet Cong, Khmer Rouge, Pathet Lao, People's Republic of China, Soviet Union, and North Korea) and the Anti-Communist forces (South Vietnam, U.S., South Korea, Australia, Philippines, New Zealand, Thailand, Khmer Republic, Kingdom of Laos, and the Republic of China). The Anti-Communist forces were attempting to free the country of Vietnam under a communist government and the United States (with the aid of the South Vietnamese) attempting to prevent the spread of communism. Since the end of the war, the Vietnam War has become a guide for what not to do in all future U.S. foreign conflicts. Military conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975.

The statistics

  • 9,087,000 soldiers survered from 5th August 1965 to 7th May 1975
  • 8,744,000 were active on duty on 5 August 1964-28
    March 1973
  • Hostile deaths: 47,359
  • Non-hostile deaths: 10,797