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Vietnam War Timeline: 1945 - 1975

  • 1945
    The end of WWII and the declaration of independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam
  • 1946
    The outbreak of war in Indochina
  • 1947 - 1949
    The return of Bao Dai, the unification of Vietnam and the Communist's victory in China
  • 1950
    The introduction of U.S. military aid to Indochina, the start of the Korean War and attacks on French forts along Chinese border
  • 1951 - 1952
    Red River Delta battles and the death of General de Lattre de Tassigny
  • 1953
    The Navarre Plan and the occupation of Dien Bien Phu
  • 1954
    The fall of Dien Bien Phu, the Geneva agreement and Ngo Dinh Diem's rise to Prime Minister
  • 1955
    The U.S. training mission and the dethronement of Bao Dai
  • 1956 - 1957
    The introduction of TERM and the attempt to assassinate Diem
  • 1958 - 1960
    The construction of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the increase in MAAG advisors and the failed coup d’état against Diem
  • 1961 - 1962
    Kennedy's decision to substantially increase material and advisory support to South Vietnam, the Declaration on the Neutrality of Laos and the Cuban missile crisis
  • 1963 - 1964
    Coup d’état against Diem and the Tonkin Gulf Resolution
  • 1965
    Rolling Thunder, U.S. troop buildup and the battle of the Ia Drang Valley
  • 1966
    Bombing of North Vietnam intensifies
  • 1967
    Construction of the McNamara Line
  • 1968
    The Tet offensive and the siege of Khe Sanh
  • 1969 - 1970
    The death of Ho Chi Minh, the raid on Son Tay and the first U.S. troops withdrawals
  • 1971 - 1972
    The acceleration of troop withdrawals, the Easter Offensive, peace talks and the Christmas Bombing
  • 1973 - 1975
    The Paris Peace Pact and the fall of Saigon
  • Casualties
    Number of military casualties in the 1st and 2nd Indochina wars