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The Vietnam War or Second Indochina War 1 was a conflict between the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRVN, or North Vietnam), allied with the National Liberation Front (NLF, or "Viet Cong") against the Republic of Vietnam (RVN, or South Vietnam), and its allies�notably the United States military in support of the South, with American combat troops committed from 1965 to 1973.

After France's attempted recolonization of Indochina was defeated in 1954 by the Viet Minh at the battle of Dien Bien Phu, an agreement to temporarily partition the country in two with a Demilitarized Zone or DMZ was reached at the Geneva Conference. The DMZ was not a natural division of Vietnam and was not intended to create two separate countries. The scheduled elections for the unification of the country were blocked. The Vietnam War began as a civil war�fought to determine the status of Vietnam as either a unified nation or as one partitioned indefinitely into two independent states, each supported by rival Superpowers (as after the Korean War). Fighting began in 1957, and with U.S. and Soviet-Chinese involvement and support, it would steadily escalate and spill over into the neighboring Indochinese countries of Cambodia and Laos.

South Vietnam�and allies such as the U.S.�portrayed the conflict as one based in a principled and strategic opposition to communism, to deter its expansion throughout Southeast Asia and elsewhere. North Vietnam and its Viet Cong allies claimed the war as a struggle to reunite the country and to repel a foreign aggressor�a continuation of the earlier war for independence against the French.

After fifteen years of protracted fighting and massive civilian and military casualties, major, direct U.S. involvement ended with the signing of the Paris Peace Accords in 1973. Fighting between Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) forces against the dominant combined People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) and Viet Cong forces would soon bring an end to the RVN and the war. With the Northern victory, the country was unified as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV) with a communist-controlled government based in Hanoi.

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What war was Vietnam?

the Vietnam war

Did the United states win the war with Vietnam?

With North Vietnam (not Vietnam; Vietnam was created after the war). No, the US did not win the war.

What are major characteristics of the Vietnam war?

Air war over North Vietnam. Ground war in South Vietnam; Riverine war in South Vietnam.

When did Vietnam leave the Vietnam war?

The Vietnam War ended in 1975.

Did France loose the Vietnam war?

Yes. Vietnam was a French colony. They lost a Vietnam War and were thrown out of Vietnam before America tried to win a war in Vietnam. America also lost a Vietnam War.

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The Vietnamese lived in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

How much money did Vietnam spend on the war?

See: Vietnam War & Statistics about the Vietnam War

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The Korean War came after the Vietnam War.

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North Vietnam stopped the Vietnam War; by winning it.

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No, the Vietnam War was in Vietnam

Who won the Vietnam war between US and Vietnam?

the war between Vietnam and the USA the winner was Vietnam

Define a Vietnam War Officer?

A military officer that fought in the Vietnam War. A Vietnam War soldier would be a "soldier that fought in the Vietnam War.

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The Vietnam War was a product of the "Cold War."

Who was important in the war of Vietnam?

The Vietnam War was part of the cold war.

What were ways to have prevented the Vietnam war?

No cold war=No Vietnam War

What was the population of north Vietnam after the Vietnam war?

See the website on "Vietnam". But be advised, there was NO "North Vietnam" after the war ended...Just VIETNAM.

When was Vietnam War?

Vietnam war was from 1966 to 1972

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See: Vietnam War

Where did they fight the Vietnam war?

Air war-North Vietnam Ground war-South Vietnam

Who was the victor of the Vietnam war?

Q who was the victor of the Vietnam war? A I have no idea who won the Vietnam war!!!!

How much did the Vietnam War cost for South Vietnam?

See: Vietnam war statistics

Was Vietnam a war explain?

Yes, the Vietnam War was well, a war as you can tell because it says it in its name Vietnam WAR! so ya........ it is..............

What role did the US play in the Vietnam war Vietnam War?

The US was at war with North Vietnam (informally-not with documents signed/declaration of war).

Vitenam war is a war of aggression or Civil War?

Vietnam War is a civil war because it was North Vietnam vs South Vietnam.

What was life after the Vietnam war in Australia?

The Vietnam war was NOT in Australia. It happened in Vietnam. Life in Australia did not change much due to the Vietnam war.