The Vietnam War was a sad and unnecessary time in the history of a number of countries including South Vietnam, the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Philippines, Thailand, and Laos. It was a war that was fought against the rising tide of communism that was spreading throughout Asian countries. The communist philosophy was seen as a major threat to global stability.
When did the Vietnam War Start?
The Vietnam War began on November 1st, 1955. It was a war that was fought in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. The communist forces wanted to expand their territory to include these countries. The war began due to opposing political agendas. South Vietnam was an anti-communist government and did not want to become a communist state. North Vietnam has adopted communism and was strongly supported by the People’s Republic of China.
When Did the Vietnam War End?
The Vietnam War ended with the fall of Saigon on April 30th 1975. The Viet Cong gained control of this city which had been the South Vietnamese Political base. Thousands of U.S. diplomatic, military, and civilian personnel were evacuated via helicopter. Many South Vietnamese were also air lifted from the city. A tank crashed through the gates of the Independence Palace, and at 11:30 a.m. local time the NLF flag was raised above it. South Vietnam surrendered and Vietnam became a communist country. Vietnam is still under communist power, but is far less oppressive than other communist regimes.
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