Category Archives: Hanoi

The American Who Predicted Tet

“The Tet offensive, which began 50 years ago today and is remembered as the turning point of the Vietnam War, caught Americans by surprise. One of the few who saw what was coming was Edward Lansdale, the legendary covert operative … Continue reading

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Võ Nguyên Giáp

“Võ Nguyên Giáp (Vietnamese: [vɔ̌ˀ ŋʷīən zǎːp]; 25 August 1911 – 4 October 2013) was a Vietnamese general in the Vietnam People’s Army and a politician. Võ Nguyên Giáp is considered one of the greatest military strategists of the 20th century. … Continue reading

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Laotian Civil War

Laos became drawn into the Vietnam War primarily because the North Vietnamese began moving men and supplies through Laos as part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The photograph was dated March 18, 1970. “The Laotian Civil War (1953–75) was … Continue reading

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My part in the anti-war demo that changed protest for ever

A protester is bundled away outside the US embassy in Grosvenor Square. “The only direct reporting from Saigon in the Observer on 17 March 1968 was on an inside page: a two-column dispatch by Gavin Young reflecting on the sobering … Continue reading

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Street without Joy – Bernard Fall (1961)

“Street without Joy is a 1961 book originally about the First Indochina War (1946-1954). It was written by Bernard Fall, a Franco-American professor, who had been a French soldier, and later an American war correspondent. The book’s first-hand investigation of … Continue reading

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What Went Wrong in Vietnam – New Yorker

In Lansdale’s counter-insurgency approach, soldiers were fighters but also salesmen. (Audio) “For almost thirty years, by means financial, military, and diplomatic, the United States tried to prevent Vietnam from becoming a Communist state. Millions died in that struggle. By the … Continue reading

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The Laos Crisis, 1960–1963

“The first foreign policy crisis faced by President-elect John F. Kennedy was not centered in Berlin, nor in Cuba, nor in the islands off the Chinese mainland, nor in Vietnam, nor in any of the better-known hot spots of the … Continue reading

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