Vietnamization and It's Lasting Effects on South Vietnam and It's Fall

Vietnamization and it's Lasting Effects on South Vietnam and it's Fall


I.   Background
        A.   Introduction
        B.   Vietnam -- two separate countries
                1.   French Control
                2.   Viet Minh Revolt
                3.   Creation of North and South Vietnam
        C.   America's objectives in South Vietnam
        D.   Vietnam's armies
II.   Vietnamization
        A.   Beginnings of Vietnamization
        B.   Research of possible withdrawal
        C.   Decision to withdraw
                1.   began in early 1969
III.   American Withdrawal and South Vietnamese Buildup
        A.   Short history
        B.   Advisor and troop reductions
        C.   Combat assistance team reductions
        D.   South Vietnamese buildup
        E.   South Vietnamese military additions in 1972
IV.   The Fall of Vietnam
        A.   Easter Offensive
        B.   Ceasefire
                1.   Goes in to effect on January 28, 1973
        C.   Break of the cease fire and North Vietnamese offensive of
            December, 1973
        D.   Final offensive in 1975
        E.   Resignation of President Thieu
        F.   General Minh assumes the Presidency
        G.   Minh fails in negotiations
        H.   Minh gives in to all North Vietnamese demands
V.   Conclusions


      Vietnam was a country that was far removed from the American
people until their history and ours became forever interlinked in what
has come to be known as the Vietnam conflict.   It is a classic story
of good guys versus bad, communism versus freedom, and a constant
struggle for stability.   Americas attempt to aid the cause of freedom
was a valid one, but one that ended up with South Vietnam being
dependent upon us for its very life as a nation.   "Vietnamization" was
the name for the plan to allow South Vietnam to stand on its own, and
ended in leaving a country totally on its own, unable to stand and
      Vietnam was a...