What were the decisive factors that meant the North Vietnamese won the Vietnam war?
In relation to U.S. History please consider this ~ we did not lose the war, we pulled out due various circumstances. The French had gone in with the intention to stop the spread of Communism, and we sent advisors until the French requested military aide. We did not declare war until 1965, our advisors were sent in 1950. There are some hints that Kennedy was going to pull all U.S. involvement before he was assassinated in '63.When you consider that we signed a treaty/agreement freeing nearly 700 Prisoners Of War (POW) from North Vietnamm, but did not declare being defeated, not to mention that South Vietnam did not turn to Communism like Laos and Cambodia did - there were some victories in our involvement in Vietnam.
For North Vietnam or South Vietnam? The North Vietnamese were known simply as the 'North Vietnamese Army' (NVA) to US forces, but their actual title was Vietnam Peoples' Army, as it common practice in Communist states. The South Vietnamese Army was referred to as the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN).
In terms of the jungle, it made the Vietnamese (north Vietnam) very hard to find and kill (from the USA's perspective). This was one of the reasons for the Vietnamese or 'Vietcong' winning the war - along with their incredible resilience and determination towards the future of Vietnam. In terms of effects on the war; it was one of the factors for USA losing.
The communist North Vietnamese and the Capitalist South Vietnamese did not agree with eachother's form of government. The communist North Vietnamese, backed and supplied by Russia, invaded South Vietnam with the help of militia groups called the Vietcong, attempting to make the whole country communist. The South Vietnamese, supplied and supported by the US, fought back against the North Vietnamese but were eventually defeated after US troops were taken out of Vietnam in 1975.
The Viet Cong was the military arm of the National Liberation Front, South Vietnamese Communists, who supported the goals of the North Vietnamese Communists in their attempt to gain military and political control over South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese Army was the regular army of North Vietnam. MrV
The Vietnam War or Second Indochinese War was a military engagement between North Vietnam and its allies (principally China and the USSR) and South Vietnam and its allies (principally the United States). From the South Vietnamese and US perspective, North Vietnam invaded South Vietnam in an attempt to annex it. From the North Vietnamese perspective, North Vietnam was liberating South Vietnam from illegal US occupation and manipulation.
Which Vietnamese? The war was fought between two different countries: North Vietnam and South Vietnam, with allies from other nations. The war went conventional after the Tonkin Gulf Incident in 1964, when in 1965 conventional US forces were deployed to South Vietnam. From that point onward, units of the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) fought units of the US Army, US Marine Corps, US Navy (who fought elements of the North Vietnamese Navy), and US Air…