The Vietnam War Essays

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Background:
The Vietnam War began, because of Indochina (Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia) being conquered by the Japanese, in 1941. This led to the creation of the Vietnamese nationalist movement, formed by Ho Chi Minh to resist the Japanese. The Vietnamese nationalist movement also known as the Vietminh, was a communist front organization. To stop the spread of communism through Asia, the United States intervened. The war was known as a guerrilla war, which meant the use of tactics such as ambush, sabotage and petty warfare. Guerrilla warfare is a very unconventional style of warfare. It is when small groups of soldiers use stealthy tactics to inflict damage on the target. The casualties suffered by both sides were immense, however the Communists had the upper hand throughout the majority of the war. Not only was it their home turf, they also had the support of a large percentage of the civilian population. The effective use of guerrilla tactics by the Viet Cong played a very important role in the outcome of the war, and is also the primary reason why the United States conventional tactics lost. The following essay will outline the reasons why the guerrilla tactics used by the Viet Cong played a very important role in the outcome of the Vietnam War. The first paragraph will explain why the Viet Cong’s tactics were superior to the United States. The second paragraph will examine how come the majority of Vietnamese civilians supported the Viet Cong, and how this helped them win…

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