Ostensibly, we fought the Vietnam War to keep the southern part of the country--tenuously democratic but with rigged elections --from becoming part of the communist north. At the time, the U.
In addition, when we believed that the North Vietnamese fired on U. As our experience in Vietnam unfolded, it became obvious to many in the United States--both military and civilian--that we were in the middle of a civil war between the North and South Vietnam.
No matter how many troops we sent to Vietnam, our enemies were willing to fight and die to expel us no matter how long it took. Another aspect that was unique to this war is that we generally did not take, occupy, and control land--our strategy was to kill the enemy.
We did not ever have sufficient troops in country to occupy substantial parts of the country. Most wars in which we have been successful were won by taking and occupying land until the enemy has no room to hide.
In Vietnam, we ignored this fundamental rule, and this helped eventually to insure our departure from Vietnam and the success of the North, which won the war by taking and holding territory until it had conquered South Vietnam.The United States did not recognize North Vietnam's government, maintaining the U.S.
Embassy in South Vietnam, supporting the South against the North, and entering the war on the South's side. In , the United States closed its Embassy and evacuated all Embassy personnel just prior to South Vietnam's surrender to North Vietnamese forces.
Oct 29, · Watch video · The Vietnam War was a long, costly and divisive conflict that pitted the communist government of North Vietnam against South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States.
The conflict was. Large-scale immigration from Vietnam to the United States began at the end of the Vietnam War, when the fall of Saigon in led to the U.S.-sponsored evacuation of an .
Conscription in the United States, commonly known as the draft, has been employed by the federal government of the United States in five conflicts: the American Revolution, the American Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Cold War (including both the Korean War and the Vietnam War).
The Vietnam War was different than any other war that the United States had fought to that point. This was largely because it was not mainly a war between armies. The Vietnam War The Vietnam War is truly one of the most unique wars ever fought by the Unites States of by any country.
It was never officially declared a war (Knowll, 3).
It had no official beginning nor an official end. It was fought over 10, miles away in a virtually unknown country.