Why Did America Lose Vietnam?

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Youssef Soliman Mr. Glavanis 30/5/13 Cass 3 Why did America lose Vietnam? 86 years ago, a terrifying war occurred that changed the history of the US and Vietnam. This horrific war lasted for 19 years, five months, four weeks, and five days. For 19 years, constant battles Vietnam and the US army. The war started on November 1, in the year 1955. The war thankfully ended in April 1975. This spread through Asian grounds. Vietnam, Cambodia, and Loas were the places this that the war occurred in. Vietnam was split into parts, northern Vietnam and the Vietcong. Conflicts between the two states started because of one common problem. Vietcong was communist, but southern Vietnam stayed the same as always. Communist conflicts created tension…show more content…
The US is more advanced in long field battle. US is not use to the tight spaces the Vietnam jungle has to offer. Vietcong soldiers did not use weapons that much, but their jungle and guerilla strategies. The US troops are use to big armored machinery and gunshots blazing all over the battleground. As I said earlier, the US army was use to heavily powered machinery and gunpowder. The US used the b52, a heavily armed gunship that dropped 8 million tons of explosives on the Vietnamese. Despite Vietcong or southern Vietnamese citizens, both were affect from the bombing. The use of napalm strikes was not necessary, but US used it anyway. The American citizens were completely against the napalm strike bombing because the napalm strikes to the skin, and the injuries were severe. US troops would go on a manhunt for Vietcong soldiers in large amount, so they get ambushed easily by the camouflaged Vietcong soldiers. Ho chi minh ordered the Vietcong troops to dig a very wide tunnel underground so the soldiers can move freely, and learn their way around the country. This was a disadvantage to America because surprise attacks were held against the US troops from the hidden entrances for the…show more content…
Their main goal was to stop communism from spreading all around the world, and in Vietnam, but they destroyed their economy in the process of accomplishing their goal. America lost more than $173 billion dollars due to the cost of the war, and heavily armored machinery. If used right, these amounts of money could have benefited the American economy, and could have played a major role in world economy today. Each day, the price of the US dollar decreased dramatically. This was also a big reason why the American citizens were against the Vietnam War. After gathering an abundant amount information from various sources it’s safe to conclude that Vietcong is much more advanced and well prepared to war than Southern Vietnam and America. America didn’t have adequate tactics, and were poorly supported by their people. Alongside, Vietcong was well prepared as they had previous experience from the Guerrilla war and were aided by various other countries, which were close to their homeland. Also, the war occurred on Vietnamese ground, which was familiar to the Vietcong’s because they were able to use this information to their
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