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The Vietnam War: From Indochinese Independence to the Fall of Saigon
Japanese Surrender, Ending World War 2
Ho Chi Minh declares Vietnam an independent republic
The French return with 50,000 men to restore colonial rule in Indochina
The Viet Minh have around 100,000 troops, against the same number of French
Battle of Dien Bien Phu. 10,000 French troops surrender.
End of the First Indochina War. Withdrawal of French forces from Vietnam
Buddhist demonstations in Hue. Nine killed by police.
Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk , self-immolates himself in Saigon
16,000 US troops in Vietnam
Diem is overthrown and executed during a coup
November 1 1963 - November 2 1963
January 1968 - September 1968
410,000 US Troops in Vietnam
My Lai Massacre
Policy of 'Vietnamisation' is announced
The last US forces leave Vietnam
North Vietnam invades the South
March 1975 - April 1975
The Fall of Saigon. End of the war.
April 30 1975
French Intervention/ First Indochina War
1945 - 1954
John F Kennedy
January 1961 - November 1963
Lyndon B. Johnson
November 1963 - January 1969
January 1969 - August 1974
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