US involvement in Vietnam John F. Kennedy briefs the press about the situation in Vietnam, American involvement in Vietnam began during World War II, increased in the s and reached its peak in the late s. The Viet Minh was formed the same year, as an underground movement to resist both the French and Japanese.
Buy now Some of these titles were produced from formally classified manuscripts. Official history compiled by United States Air Force historians. Some of these volumes can be difficult to find, because they were printed in limited quantities, and intended for a specialized audience.
Aces and Aerial Victories is a collection of firsthand accounts by Air Force fighter crews who flew combat missions over North Vietnam between and They recall their air battles with MIG fighters, the difficult and dangerous tactical maneuvers they had to perform to survive, and their victories and defeats.
The narratives are taken directly from aircrew after-action reports. A number of direct quotations have been altered, but only to clarify for the reader the very specialized language of their profession e.
The air battles which ensued were unique in American history because U. With periodic exceptions, for example, MIG bases could not be struck. The rules generally forbade bombing or strafing of military and industrial targets in and around the enemy's heartland, encompassing the capital of Hanoi and the port city of Haiphong.
These restrictions gave the North Vietnamese substantial military advantage.
Free from American attack and helped by its Soviet and Chinese allies, the enemy was able to construct one of the most formidable anti-aircraft defenses the world has even seen. These elements sought to interdict and defeat the U.
The primary mission of U. This book tells how American airmen-assisted by an armada of other USAF aircraft whose crews refueled their planes, warned of approaching enemy MIG's and SAM'S, and flew rescue missions when they were shot down, managed to emerge from their aerial battles with both victories and honor.
During these years, and most noticeably afterthe Air Force's principal role in Southeast Asia was to advise the Vietnamese Air Force in its struggle against insurgents seeking the collapse of the Saigon government.
This story includes some issues of universal applicability to the Air Force: It also deals with issues unique to the Vietnamese conflict: This volume tells the story of 12 airmen who were awarded the Congressional medal of honor.
Three of the men died in action for which he were cited. It centers on the primary efforts of the United States Air Force and allied air units to defend 10 key air bases within the Republic of Vietnam.
Bien Hoa, on 1 Novemberwas the first base to be attacked and until the cease-fire in Januarythese bases suffered a total of attacks. Although there were initial deficiencies in staff support for base defense in such key areas as intelligence, motor vehicles, weapons procurement and maintenance, communications, and civil engineering, significant improvements had been made by the end of the Air Force's part in the Vietnam War.
He brings judgments to his research based on his personal experience as a base security officer during the conflict. For his gallantry in action on this occasion, he was awarded the Silver Star.
This personal experience formed a foundation upon which he developed a keen insight into exploring the entire spectrum of air base defense, and upon which he has built a strong case for testing future plans and operations.
Barton Christiansen, a member of the staff in the Office of Air Force History, researched and wrote this volume. She begins by establishing a framework of the civic action concept. Chapter II discusses the period corresponding to the Kennedy administration, when both government and military officials grappled with adjusting to a "new kind of war," the origins of counterinsurgency strategy of which civic action was a partand the efforts to apply this strategy in Vietnam.
Although he had promised to continue the policies of President Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson began to "lean away" from political and other non-military solutions to the crisis in Vietnam. This was reflected in the attitudes of the various services toward unconventional warfare and civic action.
Bywhile military solutions occupied center stage, some stability had been established in Vietnam. More attention was being paid to winning popular allegiance and USAF's Seventh Air Force formally organized its civic action activities.
However, just as the program showed signs of success, the Tet offensive intervened.
Thus, Chapter V demonstrates that instead of serving as advisers to the Vietnamese, the USAF civic action effort was compelled to revert to an earlier phase of its development, when humanitarian services were emphasized.
Still, the program recuperated completely by July Colonel Harry G Summers Jr has written a very important critique of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.
Written originally as a study of the war for the US Army War College Colonel Summers' work was an instant success in the military as well as with the general public. back to "fighting the lost war" main section. some good reporters of vietnam war photos by combat photographer larry burrows.
The role of the United States in the Vietnam War began after World War II and escalated into full commitment during the Vietnam War from to The U.S. involvement in South Vietnam stemmed from 20 long years of political and economic action.
These had the common incentive of ending the growing communist domination in Vietnam.
American leaders made grave errors in escalating the war in Vietnam. Several presidents, and their political and military advisors, presumed that aerial bombardment in the North would ease the ground war in the South by cutting off supply lines to the Viet Cong and ultimately forcing communist leaders to surrender.
Ho Chi Minh, the enemy of the United States in the Vietnam War, was initially a friend. He worked with U.S. special forces in rescuing downed American airmen and providing intelligence on Japanese movements during the last year of World War II. The historiography of the Vietnam War and United States involvement has undergone several distinct changes.
In the direct aftermath of the war, the immediate American historiography of the war relied heavily on Western sources, as historians constructed the .