The Vietnam War, which lasted for 21 years, was officially commenced on November 1, 1955, when the US established a Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) in South Vietnam, gradually expanding military intervention. Read below article of us to know about the Vietnam War Timeline

1. The Vietnam War Start

Under the Geneva Agreement, in July 1956, the two North and South regions will conduct the general elections for the country. However, the Republic of Vietnam government of Ngo Dinh Diem, with the support of the United States, did not enforce the agreement.

In 1957, Vietnamese people prepared Vietnam for a long resistance war. With the opening of a trail on the Truong Son mountain range to bring weapons, food, and troops to fight in southern Vietnam

On August 10, 1961, the US began experimenting with using herbicides, known as Agent Orange, in Vietnam. The consequences of this deadly poison still exist today.

2. The Local War

Ngo Dinh Dien was assassinated American Army on November 2, 1963. After the death of Ngo Dinh Diem, the US was able to pour troops into South Vietnam, officially escalating the Vietnam War.

The event of the Gulf of Tonkin took place on August 7, 1964, and the Americans had a reason to bring the air force and navy to bomb North Vietnam. In 2000, with the declassification of documents on the Vietnam war by the CIA, the world understood that the US government staged the entire Gulf of Tonkin incident.

The US Air Force launched the Rolling Thunder campaign in February 1965. This is the most significant US attack on North Vietnam so far. The goal of these bombings is to destroy factories, factories, and transport systems in northern Vietnam.

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3. Tet Offensive

On January 30, 1968, the North Vietnamese army conducted the Tet Offensive throughout South Vietnam. In this general offensive, the South Vietnamese liberation army captured many important bases in Saigon, like the US Embassy radio station.

On March 16, 1968, within the framework of the campaign to attack the Liberation Army of the South after the Tet Offensive, the US Army caused a massacre in My Lai killing more than 300 innocent people and no weapons.

4. Vietnamization

To minimize the casualties of American soldiers during the Vietnam War, the United States began Vietnamization by dramatically increasing weapons aid and training for the Republic of Vietnam army. To enhance this army’s combat capacity, and US army can withdraw its troops back.

5. The Linebacker II Campaign And Paris Conference

Operation Linebacker II was the last US military campaign during the Vietnam War; the US military mobilized and used all of the most modern air bombers to attack major cities in northern Vietnam. Americans hope to win and force the Democratic Republic of Vietnam to sign terms in their favor. However, Americans have suffered defeat.

After the Linebacker II Campaign, on January 27, 1973, the US was forced to sign the Paris Agreement with the Democratic Republic of Vietnam government and the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam. The US announced its withdrawal from South Vietnam.

Vietnam War Timeline

6. End of The Vietnam War

On January 6, 1975, the southern liberation army attacked and captured Phuoc Long town. This is essentially an attack to test America’s reaction. After the United States had no response other than declaring the US government officially opposed the attack.

With the certainty that the US Army would not be able to return to support the Republic of Vietnam, the campaign to liberate the Central Highlands was officially planned and conducted by North Vietnamese troops in the last days of March 1975.

On April 30, 1975, the South Vietnamese liberation army tank knocked on the gate of the Independence Palace – the Headquarters of the Republic of Vietnam. This event marks the end of the Vietnam War.


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