Posted December 20, 2022 / History
The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, was a conflict that took place in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from the mid-1950s to the late 1970s.
It was a conflict between the communist North Vietnam, supported by its communist allies, and the non-communist South Vietnam, supported by the United States and other countries.
The war began in the 1950s, when Vietnam was divided into two countries: North Vietnam, which was communist, and South Vietnam, which was non-communist. The communist North, led by Ho Chi Minh, sought to reunify the country under a communist government, while the non-communist South, led by Ngo Dinh Diem, sought to maintain its independence.
In the early 1960s, the United States began to provide military and financial aid to South Vietnam in an effort to prevent the spread of communism in the region. This involvement gradually escalated over the next decade, eventually leading to the deployment of over 500,000 American troops to Vietnam.
The war was marked by intense fighting and heavy casualties on both sides, as well as widespread protests and opposition to the war in the United States. It ended in 1975, when communist forces captured the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon and reunified Vietnam under a communist government.