The Vietnam War

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Vietnam was part of French Indo-China

1939

The French kept running Indo-China but Japan took resources

1940

Vietnam invaded and occupied Japan

1940

Ho Chi Minh and Nguyen Vo Giap set up the League for Independence of Vietnam

1941

The USA helped train and equip the Vietminh

1944

This is because they were fighting the Japanese

Japan defeated in WW2 and evacuated all their conquests incl. Vietnam

1945

Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam a Democratic Republic

1945

The French launched a major attack against the Vietminh

1946

Mao and the Communists came to power in China

1949

The USA switched their support in Vietnam to the French

Big Vietminh attacks against the French failed

1950