VIETNAM: 'N BLOEDIGE LEERSKOOL

  • D. Conradie Militêre Informasieburo, SAW
Keywords: United States of America's first major defeat, Republic of South Viëtnam, 30 April 1975, Saigon, Viëtkong,

Abstract

The sudden collapse of South Vietnam on 30 April 1975 came as a surprise to most observers. The general expectation of a 'small' Vietnam centred around Saigon and finally succumbing after years of bitter fighting, proved to be a pipe dream. The Republic of South Vietnam collapsed in a heap of chaos, and brought to an end a war that spanned three decades. It was also the United States of America's first major defeat. This article provides insight into the reasons for the defeat.
Published
2012-02-28
How to Cite
Conradie, D. (2012). VIETNAM: ’N BLOEDIGE LEERSKOOL. Scientia Militaria - South African Journal of Military Studies, 14(1). https://doi.org/10.5787/14-1-526
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