HIS 2-9 - Saigon's Collapse

HIS 2-9 - Saigon's Collapse - Finale Saigon's Collapse...

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Finale – Saigon’s Collapse 28/03/2008 09:09:00 American troops enter the war in strength in 1965 in what was described as an  invasion of NV into SV. There was no really physical invasion.  The insurgency was based in the  North, but it was physically led by southern guerillas Ironically, by the US taking out so much of the Southern communists, it  provoked the North to come in physically 1975 – 7 week campaign succeeded.  Saigon renamed Ho Chi Minh city.  So  ended the 30 year war from Indochina Easter Offensive, 1972 - Hanoi throws 14 divisions against ARVN, smash right  across DMZ into northern-most province of SN.  Smaller attacks elsewhere.  Determined effort to break the deadlock in Paris. In contrast to TET offensive, this attack required conventional arms o Supplied by USSR and China Also in contrast, it was PAVN units, not PLAF Aimed to o Discredit Vietnamization o Demonstrate that ARVN wasn’t a credible force o Seize northern-most provinces of SV o Make Nixon change his position in Paris Linebacker 1 helped stabilize Saigon and prevent any further advance o ARVN proceeded to counter-attack, and got back almost all the land it  had lost by 1972 Easter Offensive had some sobering lessons for US, despite the fact that NV  was disappointed by the outcome o ARVN still wasn’t ready – no match for PAVN face to face o SV again shown to be reliant on US air strikes Saigon barely escaped defeat with American air support
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course HIST 218 taught by Professor Lieberman during the Fall '08 term at University of Michigan.

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