Vietnam Timeline Evan Alexander

Before the War

French Intochina

  • A grouping of the three Vietnamese regions of Tonkin (north), Annam (centre), and Cochinchina (south) with Cambodia was formed in 1887
  • Laos was added in 1893 and the leased Chinese territory of Guangzhouwan in 1898. The capital was moved from Saigon (in Cochinchina) to Hanoi (Tonkin) in 1902 and again to Da Lat (Annam) in 1939. In 1945 it was moved back to Hanoi.


Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh
  • He helped found the Indochinese Communist Party in 1930
  • was born Nguyen Sinh Cung on May 19, 1890, in a village in central Vietnam (then part of French Indochina).
  • President of North Vietnam
  • North Vietnamese soldiers used guerrilla warfare which was a very unconventional style of warfare; it refers to small conflicts where groups of stealthy combatants use the element of surprise to eliminate the opponent.
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Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong
  • The leader of the Chinese Revolution and communist China between 1949 and 1976
  • Was born in Hunan province, the son of an affluent peasant
  • In 1921 Mao became a founding member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)

Domino Theory

  • The domino theory was a theory prominent from the 1950s to the 1980s, that speculated that if one country in a region came under the influence of communism, then the surrounding countries would follow in a domino effect

Geneva Conference

  • The Geneva Conference (April 26 – July 20, 1954) was a conference among several nations that took place in Geneva, Switzerland, in order to settle outstanding issues resulting from the Korean War and discuss the possibility of restoring peace in Indochina.
  • The Soviet Union, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, and the People's Republic of China were participants throughout the conference, while other countries concerned were represented during the discussion of questions of interest to them

American Advisors

Advisors working hard
  • In September 1954, right after the Geneva Accords were signed on 20 July 1954
  • Following through on that commitment, direct United States aid to South Vietnam began in January 1955, and American advisors began arriving in February to train the South Vietnamese army.


Dwight T Eisenhower

A rare smirk from Ike
  • An American politician and Army general who served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961
  • He was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe.
  • U.S. troops used a substance known as napalm from about 1965 to 1972 in the Vietnam War; napalm is a mixture of plastic polystyrene, hydrocarbon benzene, and gasoline. This mixture creates a jelly-like substance that, when ignited, sticks to practically anything and burns up to ten minutes.
  • Agent Orange is a toxic chemical herbicide that was used from about 1965 – 1970 in the Vietnam War. It was one of the main mixtures used during Operation Ranch Hand.

Ngo Dinh Diem

  • Was a South Vietnamese politician
  • A former mandarin of the Nguyễn dynasty, he was named Prime Minister of the State of Vietnam by Head of State Bảo Đại in 1954.
  • In November 1963, after constant Buddhist protests and non-violent resistance, Diệm was assassinated



Viet Cong Solider
  • ls known as the National Liberation Front, was a political organization with its own army
  • In South Vietnam and Cambodia, that fought the United States and South Vietnamese governments, eventually emerging on the winning side. It had both guerrilla and regular army units, as well as a network of cadres who organized peasants in the territory it controlled.
  • Many soldiers were recruited in South Vietnam, but others were attached to the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN), the regular North Vietnamese army.

Ho Chi Minh trail

  • As a logistical system that ran from the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) to the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) through the neighboring kingdoms of Laos and Cambodia.
  • The system provided support, in the form of manpower and materiel, to the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam (called the Vietcong or "VC" by its opponents) and the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN), or North Vietnamese Army, during the Vietnam War.


Lyndon B. Johnson

  • Often referred to as LBJ, was an American politician who served as the 36th President of the United States from 1963 to 1969
  • A Democrat from Texas, he also served as a United States Representative and as the Majority Leader in the United States Senate. Johnson is one of only four people who have served in all four federal elected positions.

Gulf of Tonkin Accident

  • The Gulf of Tonkin incident (Vietnamese: Sự kiện Vịnh Bắc Bộ), also known as the USS Maddox incident, drew the United States (U.S.) more directly into the Vietnam War.
  • It involved two separate confrontations involving North Vietnam and the United States in the waters of the Gulf of Tonkin.
  • The original American report blamed North Vietnam for both incidents, but eventually became very controversial with widespread claims that either one or both incidents were false, and possibly deliberately so.

Tet Offensive

  • On January 31, 1968, some 70,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces launched the Tet Offensive (named for the lunar new year holiday called Tet), a coordinated series of fierce attacks on more than 100 cities and towns in South Vietnam. General Vo Nguyen Giap, leader of the Communist People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN), planned the offensive in an attempt both to foment rebellion among the South Vietnamese population and encourage the United States to scale back its support of the Saigon regime.


Richard Nixon

  • Was an American politician who served as the 37th President of the United States from 1969 until 1974
  • Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, California
  • After completing his undergraduate studies at Whittier College, he graduated from Duke University School of Law in 1937 and returned to California to practice law.

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