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Unformatted text preview: 1945, 1954, 1965, 1975 Communist-led forces seized or were about to seize power within Vietnam. Each time except last, foreign powers and local anti-communist Vietnamese tried to contain or negate impending communist victory. Communists responded by intensifying their political control, and launching larger military offenses. Each time, anti-communists weakened, communists strengthened. Each intervention was counterproductive Each intervention inflicted additional suffering to general Vietnamese population 3-5 million Vietnamese killed during this time (1945-1975) First foreign intervention designed to divert communist victory occurred in 1945 France sought to reverse the August Revolution First Indochina War Ended in Vietminh victory at battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954 Second Indochina War 1954 when US sought to create anti- communist regime in the South (Saigon) and thus contain communists in North Communist South equipped by north defeated southern anti- communists equipped by US ended in 1965...
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- Winter '08
- Vietnam War