Vietnam War Storyboard

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Vietnam War storyboard for US History 2016

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  • Background of Vietnam
  • Vietnam was originally a French Indochinese colony, but was under Japanese control during WWII. After the war, France tried to recontrol Vietnam. But I, Ho Chi Minh, started the communist party Viet Minh.
  • The United States sides with south Vietnam (GVN)
  • Another party named the National Liberation Front started in south korea. This party contained some communist, so President John F. Kennedy sent 9000 US troops to South Vietnam.
  • I, Ngo Dinh Diem, started the Government of the Republic of Vietnam. The GVN strongly opposes communism.
  • The assassinations of both republic leaders
  • A coup approved by the US in South Vietnam led to the assassination of Ngo Dinh Diem. About 3 weeks later JFK was assassinated.
  • RIP John F Kennedy
  • RIP Ngo Dinh Diem
  • The Viet Minh party seized the northern part of Vietnam. Emperor Bao Dai took control of south Vietnam. However, Ngo Dinh Diem took took control of Emperor Bao's south part of Vietnam and created a republic.
  • The United States decides to take action about Vietnam
  • President Johnson decided to start sending troops to South Vietnam. On March 8th he sent 3,500 troops ashore to defend an airbase at Da Nang. At the end of July, President Johnson had sent 125,000 troops to South Vietnam.
  • Although the United States had originally wanted to side with Ngo Dinh Diem, Ngo had failed to create a republic in which the people held the ultimate power. Ngo showed signs of discrimination and strong federal power so everyone in South Vietnam wanted him gone.
  • The unusual geography in Vietnam
  • Fighting a war in Vietnam was difficult because the environment was unusual. Most soldiers found it difficult to work in extremely hot and humid climates. The Viet Cong were able to use their home environment to their advantage. They could use tunnels and traps to remain hidden in the jungle.
  • The coup in South Vietnam was approved by the United States because President Kennedy believed Ngo had failed as a leader. However both of their deaths only increased the fear and hatred towards communism.
  • South Vietnam is influenced
  • Vietnam was being turned into a warzone and the lives of the citizens were being destroyed. The civilians throughout Vietnam did not favor a Republic or a Communist government. They cared more about tradition and being a safe country. To gain the hearts of the south vietnamese people, the United States started rural development programs.
  • The soldiers sent to Vietnam had established security in South Vietnam as proven in Operation Starlite. In a battle of 5,500 US soldiers against 1,500 Viet Cong, only 45 US soldiers were lost while defending an airbase. The ease of war in Vietnam was assisted by the United State's advanced technology and vehicles. Such vehicles included the helicopter.
  • The problem with working in the jungle was unexpected and the Viet Cong had the ability to remain undetected if they just did not attack. They could be within villages or in underground tunnels with living capabilities. This made strategizing against Viet Cong difficult.
  • People living in rural areas of Vietnam tended to prefer communism and urban living people would rather have a republic. The United States created rural development programs to build schools, deliver food, and rebuild roads and bridges. The Army of the Republic of Vietnam would travel to villages and remove communist sympathisers.
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