Essay on The American Of The Soviet North Vietnam

1577 Words Jun 3rd, 2016 7 Pages
In the early to mid-1900s, after the end of World War II, the communist North Vietnamese government with the aid of their guerrilla allies within the boundaries of South Vietnam waged war against the South Vietnamese leadership and the French. Seeing the ongoing fight for the French and South Vietnamese, the powerful United States provided assistance in support of their allies, but limited their involvement to supplying equipment and personnel support in efforts to fight off the advances of the Chinese and Soviet Union backed North Vietnam. As the conflict progressed, the American footprint and role in South Vietnam continued to grow in both financial obligation and personnel. From 1950 to 1954, the aid in the form of tanks, artillery, airplanes, and other equipment accompanied an advisory force equating to around $3 Billion dollars and 80 percent of the supplies utilized by the French forces (Gavin, 1996). Unable to sustain the fight, the French government withdrew from the war in 1954, thus sparking the Geneva Accords resulting in the division of Vietnam along the 17th Parallel and a demilitarized zone. Less than one year later, the United States steps up military aid to South Vietnam with direct shipments to the capital city, Saigon, and U.S. military training provided to the novice army of South Vietnam. As time passes, tension continues to build between North and South Vietnam, in July 1959 the first U.S. service members were killed by a North Vietnamese…

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