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The Vietnam War was a military conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia from 1959[1] to 30 April 1975. The war was fought between the communist North Vietnam, supported by its communist allies, and the government of South Vietnam, supported by the United States and other member nations of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO).[2][3]

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to the Vietnam War:


Military activity



Listed by starting date:


Air campaigns

Military medals

South Vietnam

North Vietnam

United States

Anti-war publications in the US forces

  • "Fatigue Press" at Fort Hood,
  • "Last Harass" at Fort Gordon, Georgia
  • "Pawn's Pawn" at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
  • "Ultimate Weapon" at Fort Dix, New Jersey
  • "Attitude Check" at Camp Pendleton, California
  • "Green Machine" at Fort Greely, Alaska
  • "Napalm" at Fort Campbell, Tennessee
  • "Arctic Arsenal" at Fort Greely, Alaska
  • "Black Voice" at Fort McClellan, Alabama
  • "Fragging Action" at Fort Dix
  • "Fort Polk Puke" at Fort Polk, Louisiana
  • "Custer's Last Stand" at Fort Riley, Kansas
  • "Whack!" from the Women's Army Corps School
  • "Where Are We?" at Fort Huachuca, Arizona
  • "Voice of the Lumpen" (affiliated with the Black Panther Party) in Frankfurt
  • "Can You Bear McNair?" at McNair Barracks, Berlin
  • "Seasick" at Subic Bay
  • "The Man Can't Win If You Grin" in Okinawa
  • "Korea Free Press"
  • "Semper Fi" in Japan
  • "Stars and Bars" in England
  • "Separated From Life" in England
  • "Duck Power" in San Diego
  • "Harass the Brass" at Canute Air Force Base, Illinois
  • "All Hands Abandon Ship", Newport, Rhode Island
  • "Now Hear This", Long Beach
  • "Potemkin" on the USS Forestall
  • "Star Spangled Bummer" at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio
  • "Fat Albert's Death Ship" in Charlestown
  • "Pig Boat Blues", USS Agerholm
  • "Special Weapons", Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
  • "I Will Fear No Evil", Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
  • "Blows Against the Empire", Kirtland AFB, New Mexico

source: "The American War" – see references below

People of the Vietnam War

South Vietnamese people

American people

North Vietnamese people

Cambodian people

Media related to the Vietnam War


  • David H. Hackworth. 1989 About Face
  • A.J. Langguth. 2000. Our Vietnam: the War 1954–1975.
  • Mann, Robert. 2002. Grand Delusion, A: America's Descent Into Vietnam.
  • Windrow, Martin. 2005. The Last Valley: Dien Bien Phu and the French Defeat in Vietnam.
  • Bernard Fall. 1967. Hell in a Very Small Place: the Siege of Dien Bien Phu.
  • Harvey Pekar. 2003. American Splendor: Unsung Hero
  • Prados, John. 2000. The Blood Road: The Ho Chi Minh Trail and the Vietnam War.
  • Prados, John. 1999. Valley of Decision: The Siege of Khe Sanh.
  • Shultz, Robert H. Jr. 2000. The Secret War Against Hanoi: The Untold Story of Spies, Saboteurs, and Covert Warriors in North Vietnam.
  • Plaster, John L. 1998. SOG: The Secret Wars of America's Commandos in Vietnam.
  • Murphy, Edward F. 1995. Dak To: America's Sky Soldiers in South Vietnam's Central Highlands.
  • Nolan, Keith W. 1996. The Battle for Saigon: Tet 1968.
  • Nolan, Keith W. 1996. Sappers in the Wire: The Life and Death of Firebase Mary Ann.
  • Nolan, Keith W. 1992. Operation Buffalo: USMC Fight for the DMZ.
  • Nolan, Keith W. 2003. Ripcord : Screaming Eagles Under Siege, Vietnam 1970.
  • Robert S. McNamara. 1996. In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam.
  • Larry Berman. 2002. No Peace, No Honor: Nixon, Kissinger, and Betrayal in Vietnam.
  • Bergerud, Eric M. 1994. Red Thunder, Tropic Lightning: The World of a Combat Division in Vietnam.
  • Bernard Edelman. 2002. Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam.
  • Darrel D. Whitcomb. 1999. The Rescue of Bat 21.
  • Oberdorfer, Don. 1971. Tet: the Story of a Battle and its Historic Aftermath.
  • LTG Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway. 1992. We Were Soldiers Once ... And Young.
  • Duiker, William J. 2002. Ho Chi Minh: A Life.
  • John Laurence. 2002. The Cat from Hue: A Vietnam War Story.
  • Emerson, Gloria. 1976. Winners and Losers: Battles, Retreats, Gains, Losses and Ruins from a Long War.
  • Philip Caputo. 1977. A Rumor of War.
  • Al Santoli. 1981. Everything We Had: an Oral History of the Vietnam War by 33 American Soldiers Who Fought It.
  • Robert C. Mason. 1983. Chickenhawk.
  • Michael Herr. 1977. Dispatches.
  • Joseph T. Ward. 1991. Dear Mom: a Sniper's Vietnam.
  • Hemphill, Robert. 1998. Platoon: Bravo Company.
  • Noam Chomsky. 1967. The Responsibility of Intellectuals.
  • Moore, Robin. 1965 The Green Berets (ISBN 0-312-98492-8)



Although there is no official list grouping, the major Vietnam war movies have been noted for their main focus on a particular branch of the United States Military in Vietnam. Full Metal Jacket is about the U.S. Marines in Vietnam, Platoon is about the U.S. Army in Vietnam, We Were Soldiers is about the Air Cavalry in Vietnam, Apocalypse Now is, to an extent, about the U.S. Navy in Vietnam, Hamburger Hill is about the Airborne in Vietnam and The Green Berets is about the Green Berets in Vietnam.

Allied armies appear in Dien Bien Phu, The Odd Angry Shot, and White Badge.

As yet, there is no Vietnamese film to provide that country's perspective.



  1. ^ Diem instituted a policy of death penalty against any communist activity in 1956. The Vietcong began an assassination campaign in early 1957. An article by French scholar Bernard Fall published in July 1958 concluded that a new war had begun. The first large unit military action was on 26 September 1959, when the Vietcong ambushed two ARVN companies.[1]
  2. ^ The landmark series Vietnam: A Television History, first broadcast in 1983, is a special presentation of the award-winning PBS history series, American Experience.
  3. ^ "Vietnam War". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 5 March 2008. "Meanwhile, the United States, its military demoralized and its civilian electorate deeply divided, began a process of coming to terms with defeat in its longest and most controversial war" 

Further reading

History texts

  • Vaughn Davis Bornet. [1984]. "The Presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas. Chapters 3, 4, 11, 14.
  • Phillip Davidson. 1988. Vietnam at War: The History 1946–1975
  • Daniel Ellsberg. 2002. Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers. New York: Viking Press.
  • Frances FitzGerald. 1972. Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam. Boston: Little Brown and Company.
  • Felix Greene. 1966. VIETNAM! VIETNAM! IN PHOTOGRAPHS AND TEXT. Palo Alto, California: Fulton Publishing Company, LCCN: 66-28359.
  • David Halberstam. 1969. The Best and the Brightest. New York. Ballantine Books.
  • Patrick J. Hearden. 1991. The Tragedy of Vietnam New York: Harper Collins.
  • George C. Herring. 1979. "America's Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950–1975". Boston: McGraw-Hill.
  • Stanley Karnow. 1983. Vietnam, A History. New York: Viking Press, ISBN 0-14-026547-3
  • Michael P. Kelley. 2002 Where We Were In Vietnam, 1945–1975. Hellgate Press. ISBN 1-55571-625-3
  • Michael Maclear. 1981. Vietnam, The Ten Thousand Day War. London: Mandarin, ISBN 0-7493-0016-7
  • Robert J. McMahon. 2003. Major Problems in the History of the s relating Vietnam War. New York, Houghton Mifflin Co., ISBN 0-618-19312-X
  • Robert McNamara. 1995. In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam. (written with Brian VanDeMark) New York: Vintage Books.
  • Robert Mann. 2001. A Grand Delusion: America's Descent into Vietnam. New York: Basic Books.
  • Wilbur H. Morrison. 2001. The Elephant and the Tiger. Hellgate Press. ISBN 1-55571-612-1
  • Jonathan Neale. 2001. The American War: Vietnam 1960–1975. London: Bookmarks Publications Limited, ISBN 1-898876-67-3
  • James S. Olson (editor). 1988. Dictionary of the Vietnam War. New York: Greenwood Press, Inc.
  • Gareth Porter, Perils Of Dominance: Imbalance Of Power And The Road To War In Vietnam, University of California Press (June, 2005), hardcover, 403 pages, ISBN 0-520-23948-2
  • Robert Schulzinger. 1997. A Time for War: The United States and Vietnam, 1941–1975. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Neil Sheehan. 1988. A Bright Shining Lie. New York: Vintage.
  • Lewis Sorley. 1999. A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam New York: Harcourt.
  • Shelby Stanton. 1987. Vietnam: Order of Battle
  • Shelby Stanton. 1988. The Rise and Fall of an American Army
  • Gabriel Kolko. 1994. Anatomy of a War: Vietnam, the United States, and the Modern Historical Experience London: Phoenix Press.
  • Bob Fink. 1981 Vietnam, A View from the Walls. Detroit: Greenwich Publishing. ISBN 0-912424-08-7.

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