Vietnam War

By Hrant Nalbanidan

Background

The Vietnam War was a long, costly armed conflict that pitted the communist regime of North Vietnam and its southern allies, known as the Vet Cong, against South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States. The divisive war, increasingly unpopular at home, ended with the withdrawal of U.S. forces in 1973 and the unification of Vietnam under Communist control two years later. More than 3,000,000 people died that war including Americans were killed.

Media and perspective

media played a major role during the Vietnam war. Thousands watched on their television as Walter Cronkite and other news anchors showed film and photographs of American and South Vietnamese soldiers fighting the Vietcong.

historical

The Vietnam War was the longest in U.S. history, until the war in Afghanistan that began in 2002 and continues at this writing 2013. It was extremely divisive in the U.S., Europe, Australia and elsewhere. Because the U.S. failed to achieve a military victory and the Republic of South Vietnam was ultimately taken over by North Vietnam, the Vietnam experience became known as the only war America ever lost.