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Battles & Operations of the Vietnam War - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
These lessons take an in-depth look at the most essential battles during the Vietnam War, the tactics used by the parties involved and how attacks were operated during the conflict. Engaging videos are used to help you grasp the most important information on this subject. Quizzes are also included in each lesson so that you can assess yourself on chapter material. Topics in this chapter include:
- The impact of the United States' deadly tactics in Vietnam
- What events led to the war between the U.S. and North Vietnam
- How search-and-destroy missions were planned and carried out during the war
- How North Vietnam planned to unify their country and their attacks on South Vietnam
- What negotiations took place between the U.S. and North Vietnam
- How the Vietnam War ended and the consequences of the war
|Operation Ranchhand: Definition, Strategy & Impact||Discover the goal of Ranchhand and the impact of this tactic.|
|The Battle of Ap Bac: Causes and Impacts||Identify the causes of this battle between North and South Vietnam as well as its impact.|
|Gulf of Tonkin Crisis and Resolution: Events and Congressional Response||Demonstrate how the Gulf of Tonkin Crisis edged the United States closer to a war with North Vietnam.|
|Operation Rolling Thunder: Facts & Summary||Examine the ethics and effectiveness of this bombing offense.|
|US Marine Corps vs the National Liberation Front: Operation Starlite||Learn about the first major battle between the U.S. and the National Liberation Front.|
|Battle for the Ia Drang Valley: The US Army vs The People's Army of Vietnam||Discuss the first battle that pitted the U.S. against the People's Army of Vietnam.|
|Operation Masher/White Wing: Description, Phases & Strategies||Recall the multi-phase plan used to carry out this search-and-destroy campaign.|
|Operation Junction City: Airborne Engagement During the Vietnam War||Analyze Operation Junction City and discover how this search-and-destroy campaign was initiated by the U.S. Army.|
|The Tet Offensive: The First Major Offensive from North Vietnam||Understand the first major invasion of South Vietnam by North Vietnam.|
|The My Lai Massacre: Causes and Significance||Summarize the events leading to this atrocity and the massacre itself.|
|The Easter Offensive of 1972: North Vietnam Attacks the South||Study how North Vietnam attempted to unify the country.|
|The Paris Peace Accords in 1973: Nixon, Kissinger & North Vietnam||Analyze the history of the negotiations between the U.S. and North Vietnam, as well as their outcome.|
|The Fall of Saigon During the Vietnam War: Causes and Timeline||Understand the end and the aftermath of the Vietnam War.|
1. Operation Ranch Hand: Definition, Strategy & Impact
The Vietnam War was a difficult fight for the U.S. military, especially because of the tactics and guerrilla enemy they faced in the Vietcong. In this lesson, we'll discuss one strategy the U.S. utilized against the guerrillas: Operation Ranch Hand.
2. The Battle of Ap Bac: Causes and Impacts
The Battle of Ap Bac was the first significant engagement between tenets of North and South Vietnam. Learn about the battle, including the cause, the tactics and its impact on the Vietnam War in this lesson.
3. Gulf of Tonkin Crisis and Resolution: Events and Congressional Response
The Gulf of Tonkin Crisis brought the United States closer to war with North Vietnam. Learn about the event, the United States' response and its impact on broadening the Vietnam War in this lesson.
4. Operation Rolling Thunder: Facts & Summary
In this lesson, we'll be learning about Operation Rolling Thunder, the first American bombing campaign of the Vietnam War. We'll summarize it, its failures, and some basic facts about it, and then you can test your knowledge with a quiz!
5. US Marine Corps vs the National Liberation Front: Operation Starlite
Operation Starlite represented the first major battle between the United States Marine Corps and the National Liberation Front. Learn about the campaign, including its strategy, engagement and outcome.
6. Battle for the Ia Drang Valley: The US Army vs The People's Army of Vietnam
The Battle for the Ia Drang Valley in 1965 was the first confrontation between the United States Army and the People's Army of Vietnam. Learn about the battle including the planning, combat and outcome in this lesson.
7. Operation Masher/White Wing: Description, Phases & Strategies
Operation Masher/White Wing embodied the concept of search-and-destroy during the Vietnam War. Learn more about Masher/White Wing, including its multi-phase strategy, engagements and results, in this lesson.
8. Operation Junction City: Airborne Engagement During the Vietnam War
Operation Junction City was a major search-and-destroy campaign led by the United States Army during 1967. Learn about the operation, including the use of American paratroopers, the battles and the results, in this video lesson.
9. The Tet Offensive: The First Major Offensive from North Vietnam
The Tet Offensive marked the first major conventional invasion by North Vietnam on South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Learn more about the invasion, including the planning, execution and outcome of the offensive.
10. The My Lai Massacre: Causes and Significance
The My Lai Massacre was a deviation from the normal military campaigns of the United States in the Vietnam War. Learn about the atrocity including its background, the events and its importance within the war in this lesson.
11. Primary Source: Ron Ridenhour's Letter about the My Lai Massacre
Of all the controversies of the Vietnam War, none were greater than the My Lai Massacre in 1968. American soldiers killed hundreds of unarmed Vietnamese civilians, including women, children, and infants.
12. The Easter Offensive of 1972: North Vietnam Attacks the South
The Easter Offensive of 1972 was an effort by North Vietnam to eradicate South Vietnam, expedite the American withdrawal and unify the nation. Learn about the planning, execution and outcome of the campaign.
13. The Paris Peace Accords in 1973: Nixon, Kissinger & North Vietnam
It was a long and daunting journey toward the signing of the Paris Peace Accords in 1973. Learn about the history of the negotiations between the United States and North Vietnam, as well as the final outcome, in this lesson.
14. Primary Source: New York Times' Article on Halt of Bombing in Vietnam
The American military believed that superior firepower, including aerial bombardments, could defeat the communist Vietnamese. Ultimately, however, it became clear that strategic bombing did not work.
15. The Fall of Saigon During the Vietnam War: Causes and Timeline
On April 30, 1975, the Fall of Saigon occurred in South Vietnam, marking the end of the Vietnam War. Learn about the lead-up to the event, its occurrence and the aftermath for the United States and Southeast Asia in this lesson.
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Other chapters within the History 308: Causes and Effects of the Vietnam War course
- Understanding History & Primary Sources
- Vietnamese Nationalism
- The First Indochina War
- Early American Involvement in Indochina
- The Geneva Conference & the Vietnam War
- U.S. Involvement in Vietnam
- Opposition to the Vietnam War
- Participants & Strategies in the Vietnam War
- Cambodia & Laos in the Vietnam War
- Effects of the Vietnam War
- Required Assignments for History 308
- Studying for History 308: Causes & Effects of the Vietnam War