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mellonyleivers
130766.  Tue Jan 02, 2007 3:51 pm Reply with quote

does anyone know anything quite interesting about Vietnam?

 
grizzly
130767.  Tue Jan 02, 2007 3:56 pm Reply with quote

you aren't by any chance doing a GCSE in History?

 
mellonyleivers
130768.  Tue Jan 02, 2007 3:56 pm Reply with quote

very close A level lol why you ask?

 
grizzly
130770.  Tue Jan 02, 2007 3:58 pm Reply with quote

well Korea and Vietnam are both on the GCSE history course (or at least the course that I did).

I suppose you'll be wanting to know stuff specific to the war in Vietnam/Korea then?

 
mellonyleivers
130775.  Tue Jan 02, 2007 4:07 pm Reply with quote

yes please if you dont mind

 
tetsabb
131095.  Wed Jan 03, 2007 1:20 pm Reply with quote

Any comparisons between US involvement in Vietnam and any later conflict they have got into* should, of course, not be made.

*'This won't take long, we won't lose thousands of casualties, and it will be a glorious victory'.
What can I be thinking of?

 
Jawr256
131100.  Wed Jan 03, 2007 1:49 pm Reply with quote

From series A, episode 6:

During the Vietnam War, the US Military prevented wounded soldiers from swallowing their tongues by pinning the tongue to the cheek.

More soldiers committed suicide after Vietnam than died in combat

 
Zebra57
655396.  Fri Jan 08, 2010 9:40 pm Reply with quote

QI is that at the end of World War 2 when the Japanese surrendered the French wanted their colony back.

The territory was divided between a US administration in a Northern Zone and a British administration in the Southern Zone.

The British soon realised that to police the area would be difficult and released Japanese ncos to serve in a military police force under Commonwealth officers. The US had a different policy.

The allies courted and encouraged Ho Chi Minh as a counter to the Japanese invasion but his aspirations for Vietnam were thwarted when the French colonial administration returned.

It is doubtful if Ho Chi Minh was a communist initially but some realised how the cards had been dealt.

 
duglasbell@hotmail.co.uk
1251845.  Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:43 am Reply with quote

Zebra57 wrote:
QI is that at the end of World War 2 when the Japanese surrendered the French wanted their colony back.

The territory was divided between a US administration in a Northern Zone and a British administration in the Southern Zone.

The British soon realised that to police the area would be difficult and released Japanese ncos to serve in a military police force under Commonwealth officers. The US had a different policy.

The allies courted and encouraged Ho Chi Minh as a counter to the Japanese invasion but his aspirations for Vietnam were thwarted when the French colonial administration returned.

It is doubtful if Ho Chi Minh was a communist initially but some realised how the cards had been dealt.


We often criticise the Americans for their role in Vietnam but Britain's copybook is not blotless.

As you said, after WW2 the British and Commonwealth troops worked alongside former Japanese enemies to actually fight the Viet Minh, actually pushing them out of Saigon, thus eventually increasing control and responsibility to the French. Our last big battle with the Viet Minh took place on 3 January 1945 when British/Indian troops killed roughly 100 Viet Minh, from an attacking force of about 900, mainly through machine-gun crossfire. By the summer of the following year, all British troops had quit Vietnam.

 

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