Vietnam was the battleground for a bloody, attritional conflict played out at the height of the cold war, when Southeast Asia was the proxy theatre in the struggle between the superpowers.
A Soviet backed Communist regime held the north of the divided land, while American convinced that the countries of the region would fall domino style to Communism if left unchecked, so it threw its support behind South Vietnam. For over a decade the US government provided aid and advisers. In 1965 with defeat looming, American troops poured in. Prosecuting a distant war against guerrilla forces proved beyond even for the West's great superpower.
Casualties mounted, support ebbed away, morale slumped. American troops finally departed after a peace deal was signed in 1973, ending a war long deemed unwinnable. Two years later, South Vietnam fell.
Illustrated with powerful and evocative photographs from the archives of the Daily Mail, these pages capture defining moments in a conflict that casts a long shadow over post-war geopolitical history.
Series: History in Pictures
Number Of Pages: 48
Published: 1st July 2012
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing,Croxley Green
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 19.8 x 0.4