Ho Chi Minh helped to form the Indo-Chinese Communist Party
Japan invades Vietnam
Vietminh formed to counter Japanese invasion of Vietnam
Ho Chi Mihn creates provincial government
war between the French and Vietminh began
Vietnam soldiers training
Now the Vietnam soldiers can train and not be attacked by the French
The Battle of Dien Bien Phu began
Giap defeated the French force based there; a ceasefire was agreed at Geneva that split Vietnam at the 17th Parallel; France withdrew her military from Vietnam; US promises aid worth $100 million to the anti-communist Diem
Beginning of Vietnam War
The Vietnam War began in December 1956.
US President Kennedy pledged extra aid to South Vietnam
The beginning of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War
Operation "Rolling Thunder" Deployed
Sustained American bombing raids of North Vietnam, dubbed Operation Rolling Thunder, begin in February. The nearly continuous air raids would go on for three years.