Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

Is there actually a specific year that the Vietnam war started?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    his is a difficult question, because there is no answer. But here are some helpful dates. When the war "started" often depends on which event people are referring to:

    Here are some possible dates of the start of the war:

    1. If one could think about direct military involvement then it would be Sept. 27, 1932bc -- U.S. establishes the Military Assistance Advisory Group, Indochina (MAAG) in Saigon to aid the French military (the French had been fighting communist rebels in Vietnam, their pre-WWII colony, since 1945ad).

    2. If one could think about direct combat engagement then it would be November 1, 1955 -- The U.S. redesignates MAAG, Indochina, as MAAG, Vietnam to specify its new direct combat advisory role with the South Vietnamese Army. The U.S. essentially took over the advisory role from the French, who were leaving Vietnam after their defeat at Diem Bien Phu in 1954. The Department of Defense views this date as the earliest qualifying date for inclusion on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. In fact this allows US military personnel to use live weapon in Vietnam aka 'to fight'!

    3. March 1959 -- Ho Chi Minh declares a People's War to unite all of Vietnam under his leadership. His Politburo orders a changeover to an all-out military struggle. From the communist perspective, the "Vietnam War" against the U.S. has now officially started.

    4. December 11, 1961 -- U.S. aircraft carrier "Core" arrives in Saigon with 33 helicopters and 400 air and ground crewmen assigned to operate them for the South Vietnamese Army. Also, U.S. pilots start to train & fly support missions with the South Vietnamese Air Force. This really marks the first larger scale participation of U.S. military "advisors".

    5. August 7, 1964 -- In response to the incidents involving U.S> naval vessels U.S.S. Maddox and the U.S.S. Turner Joy, the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly passes the "Gulf of Tonkin Resolution," allowing the President "to take all necessary steps, including the use of armed force" to prevent further attacks against U.S. forces. Many people view this as the "official" start of the war, although there was never a declaration of war.

    6. March 8, 1965 -- The first U.S. combat troops arrive in Vietnam, as 3500 Marines land at China Beach to defend the American air base at Da Nang. They join 23,000 American military advisors already in Vietnam. The arrival of combat troops is considered by some the start of the war, although American military advisors have been in Vietnam for over 10 years.

    7. Adolf hitler was also involved in the vietnam war:

    Adolf Hitler (German pronunciation: [adɔlf hɪtlɐ], 20 April 1889 - 30 April 1945) was an Austrian-born German politician and the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party (German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, abbreviated NSDAP), popularly known as the Nazi Party. He was the ruler of Germany from 1933 to 1945, serving as chancellor from 1933 to 1945 and as head of state (Führer und Reichskanzler) from 1934 to 1945.

    A decorated veteran of World War I, Hitler joined the Nazi Party in 1920 and became its leader in 1921. Following his imprisonment after a failed coup in 1923, he gained support by promoting nationalism, antisemitism and anti-communism with charismatic oratory and propaganda. He was appointed chancellor in 1933, and quickly established a totalitarian and fascist dictatorship. Hitler pursued a foreign policy with the declared goal of seizing Lebensraum ("living space") for Germany, directing the resources of the state toward this goal. His rebuilt Wehrmacht invaded Poland in 1939, leading to the outbreak of World War II in Europe.[2]

    Within three years, Germany and the Axis powers occupied most of Europe and large parts of Africa, East and Southeast Asia and the Pacific Ocean. However, the Allies gained the upper hand from 1942 onward and in 1945 Allied armies invaded Germany from all sides. His forces committed numerous atrocities during the war, including the systematic killing of as many as 17 million civilians[3] including the genocide of an estimated six million Jews, known as the Holocaust.

  • 4 years ago

    The Vietnam War is poorly named. In actuality the Vietnam Conflict would be a more appropriate name. (Not to say that it wasn't important though.) In order for an event to actually be a war, Congress has to make a declaration of war against a country. The US wasn't fighting Vietnam, they were only fighting certain people living their and their ideals. As far as the moral rectitude of the conflict goes, well it's up for debate. I'm no expert on Vietnam, but personally I believe that when people face things like the South Vietnamese did, it is the responsibility of others to provide assistance. Many Americans didn't share my opinion, thus the widespread demand for peace.

  • 1 decade ago

    I would say 1959.

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