Tag Archives: Laos

Vietnam, Vietnam – Pete Hamill (April 1985)

“Sometimes, in odd places, it all comes back. You are walking a summer beach, stepping around oiled bodies, hearing only the steady growl of the sea. Suddenly, from over the horizon, you hear the phwuk-phwuk-phwuk of rotor blades and for … Continue reading

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The Penguin History of Modern Vietnam by Christopher Goscha – review

A destroyed French tank and an aircraft propeller that are still kept as war relics in the Dien Bien Phu valley. “In 40 years, the relationship between the United States and Vietnam has swung about as widely as is possible … Continue reading

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Sihanouk Trail

Map of the Communist forces in South Vietnam, 1964, showing areas controlled by the Viet Cong and the Ho Chi Minh trail that brought reinforcements from the North. “The Sihanouk Trail was a logistical supply system in Cambodia used by … Continue reading

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Vietnam War – Khan Academy

“… In order to have a respectable understanding of the Vietnam War, we have to rewind all the way back to the late 1800s when France was colonizing Southeast Asia. And in particular, it colonized what is now Laos, Vietnam, … Continue reading

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Revolutionary monument to CIA’s fall in Laos

Air America helicopters land on top of Phou Pha Thi mountain during the US’ ‘secret war’ in Laos. “Half a century after North Vietnamese sappers scaled sheer 200-meter cliffs in the dead of night to overrun a strategic US Air … Continue reading

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CIA activities in Laos

Vietnamese soldiers in Laos “CIA activities in Laos started in the 1950s. In 1959, U.S. Special Forces began to train some Laotian soldiers in unconventional warfare techniques as early as the fall of 1959 under the code name Erawan. Under … Continue reading

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The Vietnam War Is Over. The Bombs Remain.

Bombs, Agent Orange and the Lethal Legacy of Bombs in Quang Tri “Shading my eyes from the bright sun, I stared into the bomb crater amid the verdant rice paddies. While it had been nearly 50 years since the last … Continue reading

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