Vietnam War

Articles on the origins, events, and results of the Vietnam War

Articles on the origins, events, and results of the Vietnam War


The M-16 And The Vietnam War

The M-16 has a little known story behind it. The AR-15 is America’s rifle.  Worldwide it is the most produced rifle in .223 and second only to the AK-47 in total production of all rifles made after World War 2.  Yet for all of its popularity today, America’s rifle failed…

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Operation Beaver Cage

Operation Beaver Cage was a bloody, but often forgotten conflict held during the Vietnam war. It was a U.S. Marine Corps operation in the Que Son Valley that took place from 28 April through to 12 May 1967. The operation was formed on Okinawa on 1 March 1967 under the command…

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The Vietnam War: Background and Overview

Although the history of Vietnam has been dominated by war for 30 years of the 20th century, the conflict escalated during the sixties. When we talk about the Vietnam War (which the Vietnamese refer to as the “American War”), we talk about the military intervention by the U.S. that happened…

Vietnam War Summary

Vietnam War Summary—Overview of the Conflict

The following Vietnam War summary is an excerpt from Lee Edwards and Elizabeth Edwards Spalding's book A Brief History of the Cold War It is available to order now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Halfway around the world, another Cold War conflict was escalating. The struggle for control of Vietnam, which had been a French colony since…

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End of the Vietnam War

The following article on the end of the Vietnam War is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman's book On Wave and Wing: The 100 Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier. It is available to order now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Beset at home and abroad, in 1968 Lyndon Johnson decided against running for re-election. In…

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The Gulf of Tonkin Incident

The following article on the Gulf of Tonkin Incident is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman's book On Wave and Wing: The 100 Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier. It is available to order now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. In early 1964, increasing American concern over events in Laos led to “Yankee Team” reconnaissance flights…

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Vietnam War Aircraft: Evolution in Flight

The following article on Vietnam War aircraft is an excerpt from Warren Kozak's Curtis LeMay: Strategist and Tactician. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. At the start of 1962, the U.S. had 16,000 military advisors training the South Vietnamese army in its fight against the Viet Cong and the…

What Was the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution?

The Gulf of Tonkin resolution was caused by the attack on two U.S. destroyers in August 1964, but ended up being the moment of escalation of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. President Johnson asked Congress for permission to increase the presence of the U.S. military in IndoChina and on…

When was the Vietnam War?

Although the history of Vietnam has been dominated by war for 30 years of the 20th century, the conflict escalated during the sixties. When we talk about the "Vietnam War" (which the Vietnamese refer to as the "American War"), we talk about the military intervention by the U.S. that happened…

Battle of Saigon

Date 30th January 1968 - 8th June 1969 Location Saigon, Vietnam War Vietnam War Combatants North Vietnam, Viet Cong VS United States, South Vietnam Outcome Inconclusive This post is part of our larger educational resource on the Vietnam war. For a complete history and overview of the Vietnam War, click here. 

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