The Vietnam War was a conflict that was fought between North Vietnam and South Vietnam from 1 November 1955 to 30 April 1975. Behind the scene of the war was the United States which was actively behind South Vietnam and the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies behind the Northern part of the country. The Vietnam war lasted for 20 years. In this post, we will look at some of the Vietnam War Casualties, including lives and properties that were destroyed due to the conflict.
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What Brought About The Vietnam War?
Vietnam had been under French Colonial rule since the 19th century. So what happened was that, during World War II, Japanese forces invaded the country.
Seeking independence was a priority so they invited China and the Soviet Union to help defeat the French Colonial administration and the Japanese forces. So, they formed the Viet Minh or the League for the independence of Vietnam. After the end of World War 2, Japan withdrew from Vietnam leaving behind the French and its emperor Bao Dai.
This was a good opportunity so the Viet Minh forces easily captured the Northern part of the country and declared the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and a president known as Ho. When this happened, the French also prepared to retake the lost territory. In the end, the French recaptured the North but the North again fought and defeated the French taking over the whole country.
With the Cold War at its peak, the United States joined the conflict giving its support to the Southern side. Despite several deaths, the North fought back.
Years of war led to the death of over 3 million people. In January 1973, the United States and North Vietnam concluded a final peace agreement, ending open hostilities between the two nations. The war between North and South Vietnam continued, however, until April 30, 1975, when DRV forces captured Saigon, renaming it Ho Chi Minh City (Ho himself died in 1969).
Vietnam War Casualties: How Many Died?
The Vietnam war claimed 2 million people from both North and South Vietnam.