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Originally posted by Ramza
Can anyone tell me exaclt who won the Vietnam war? Did America really lose like they say they lost? But if they lost, then why are they known as the strongest country and a country who lost no wars? How did they lose toa a little old country like Vietnam? What caused America to lose? Does anyone have any information?
And I suppose it was the United States militarily smashing the People's Republic of China and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, we destroyed any chance they had of socialism there
Can anyone tell me exaclt who won the Vietnam war? Did America really lose like they say they lost?
Originally posted by WyrdeOne
If we want to be truthful, America had the stronger military, but the Viet Cong had superior tactics.
Giap's gamble had another side effect When the Tet Offensive began, many US officials believed that the N LF had offered the Americans a golden opportunity by fighting a pitched battle where it could be defeated in open combat. In effect, the NLF was "leading with its chin" and the massive losses it suffered bear this out The VC was not broken by the Tet Offensive but it was severely crippled by it and, from then on, the North took on the main burden of the war Further fighting in 1968 and the increasing activity of the Phoenix Program further decimated the NLF's ranks and the role of the North grew even larger. The northern and southern parts of Vietnam had ancient cultural and social differences and while the communist cadres at the center of the N LF had managed largely to suppress these natural antagonisms, there still were basic differences in goals and approach. The N LF had gone into the Tet Offensive in the hope of giving a death-blow to the Saigon Government and, if it couldn't capture power directly, it could at least gain a coalition leading to ultimate authority. The NLF's dream vanished in the rubble of South Vietnam's cities and it would be Hanoi that conquered Saigon.