The USA became involved in Vietnam because it feared the spread of communism. The USA were unable to defeat the Vietcong and were met with growing opposition to the war back home.
Why did the USA get involved in Vietnam?
The Vietnamese army attacked the US Embassy in Vietnam. The US retaliated by invading Vietnam.
Vietnam had previously been a colony of the USA and they were fighting to free themselves from foreign rule
They believed in the 'Domino Theory' that once a country fell to communism the surrounding countries would too
Who led South Vietnam until 1963?
Ho Chi Minh
Ngo Dinh Diem
Chiang Kai Shek
Who led North Vietnam?
What led to the deployment of US ground troops in Vietnam?
The Tet Offensive
My Lai Massacre
Gulf of Tonkin Incident
Where were South Vietnamese peasants taken to 'protect' them from the Vietcong?
When did the Tet Offensive take place?
Which country sent supplies and weapons to help the Vietcong?
Why did the US withdraw from Vietnam?
They withdrew because it was more difficult and costly than they had thought and also the public at home were turning against it
They withdrew because they were being beaten by the Vietcong and had to retreat
They withdrew because the war was coming to an end and Vietnam was becoming democratic
Why did the USA use chemical weapons?
They wanted to demoralise the civilians with lasting and horrific defects
To destroy the farm land and starve their enemy
To destroy the forest used so effectively in the Vietcong's guerrilla warfare
What was the impact of the media in this war?
They were very apologetic of American actions and did not discuss the war
It was the first televised war, exposing horrors to huge audience
They tried hard to sway public opinion against the war