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A

Approx. 1859

French forces capture Saigon, French Indo China colony was created

B

Approx. 1930

The Indo- Chinese communist party is founded by Ho Chi Minh

C

Approx. 1941

Japanese forces occupy Vietnam displacing the French rulers but resisted by the Communist Party's Viet Minh Group

D

Approx. 1945

With the defeat of Japan the Viet Minh seize power and Ho Chi Minh proclaims Vietnam's independence

E

Approx. 1946

The French try to reassert their autority but meet with resistance from the Viet Minh

F

Approx. 1954

The Viet Minh defeat the French military
France accepts an armistice and Vietnam is divided into North and South.
North Vietnam becomes communist and lead by Ho Chi Minh, South Vietnam receives backing from France and the US

G

Approx. 1955

South Vietnam becomes a republic, Ngo Dinh Diem as President

H

Approx. 1957

Beginning of the communist in South Vietnam with weapons and fighters flowing from the North

I

Approx. 1961

Half of South Vietnam is controlled by the Viet Cong (local communist insurgents)
US military aid increases

J

Approx. 1967

War agains Viet Cong becomes increasingly difficult despite the large US troop numbers

K

Approx. 1969

Ho Chi Minh dies

L

Approx. 1972

US heavily bombs communist areas and Ho Chi Minh Trail

M

Approx. 1973

US agrees to withdrawal and South Vietnam is left to fight the Vietcong

N

Approx. 1975

North Vietnamese troops invade South Vietnam
South Vietnam surrenders
Millions dies including 58000 Americans