In figures released in 1995, Vietnam claimed 2 million civilians died on both sides, while 1.1 million North Vietnamese soldiers and between 200,000 and 250,000 South Vietnamese soldiers lost their lives in the war. Roughly 58,200 American soldiers died during the United States' involvement in the conflict.Continue Reading
Other countries suffered heavy casualties in the Vietnam War as well. New Zealand fought for South Korea and lost about three dozen soldiers, Australia lost more than 500 soldiers and South Korea lost 3,000 troops in the war.
The Vietnam War started as a result of the Cold War. before World War II, Vietnam was part of France. During the war, the country was taken over by the Japanese but when the retreated, South Vietnam returned to French control while North Vietnam became property of the non-Communist Chinese. During its time with China, support grew for Chinese leader Ho Chi Minh, and when the French declared their intention on taking North Vietnam back, those who supported Ho Chi Minh would have to fight to retain their independence. The North Vietnam military was known as the Viet Minh.
The U.S. sent its first wave of troops to Vietnam in March of 1965 and, by 1968, more than 540,000 troops were stationed throughout the area. The troops remained in the area until President Richard Nixon began ordering their withdrawal in 1969. U.S. soldiers remained in the area until 1973.Learn more about Vietnam War
The protests against the Vietnam War were a series of demonstrations against American involvement in the conflict between North and South Vietnam. Protests were initially peaceful and included sit-ins or teach-ins or marches, but they eventually erupted into violence.Full Answer >
American soldiers stationed in Vietnam were met with an unexpectedly horrific experience. Their nightmare began right away. Dropped off in an unfamiliar jungle, they were instantly met with unbearable heat and humidity. Next, they had to worry about the jungle wildlife. Many American soldiers were sick and wounded prior to any encounter at all with the well-hidden enemy or the booby-traps planted heavily throughout the jungle.Full Answer >
The commonly accepted dates for the Vietnam conflict are 1954 to 1975. Most of the military fighting occurred between 1957 and 1973. Because Congress never officially passed a vote to declare a war, the United States was never technically at war with North Vietnam.Full Answer >
No single incident marked the beginning of the American war in Vietnam, though several watershed moments passed between the 1954 defeat of the French occupying force and the negotiated end of hostilities in 1973. The 1954 Geneva agreement, which ended the French presence in Indochina, called for a referendum on the form of government Vietnam would adopt in 1956. The United States cancelled the vote, and hostilities began.Full Answer >