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The Vietnam Experience

The Vietnam War is one oft the most gruesome wars after 2nd world war. The war was between the years 1959-75. It was twenty years of war to no avail. Millions of people lost their lives – young soldiers from America and Vietnam, and many civil. After several years of war in Vietnam with France, a peace treaty was signed and the republic of Vietnam was created in South Vietnam with Ngo Dinh Diem as leader, and the north was ruled by communists. South Vietnam was receiving financial and military support from the United States, but the Diem regime was corrupt and the repression was a help to strengthen the communists opposition in South Vietnam. The military wing, called the Vietcong began in 1956 a guerilla war, where the smaller forces is fighting against a bigger strength. In 1964 the United States participate in the war, because they claim that some of their ships has been attacked. Systematically the U.S. started bombing the North Vietnamese cities, but while America were more advanced in the military, they where not able to defeat their opponents. The Vietnam War is especially known for its cruelty towards the civilian population, for example the My Lai massacre. The Americans were not familiar of this kind of guerilla war as the Vietcong's performed, and that is why it lead to a significant loss of civilian populations.

Many stories and movies has been written and made to show just how extremely horrible and terrible this war has been, both from the Americans side and the Vietnamese.
“Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam”: is a documentary about the Vietnam war seen trough the eyes of American soldiers. The film was made in 1987, 12 years after the war ended, by the director Bill Couturié. The documentary is build from the letters from the soldiers to their beloved ones. Professional actors read the letters out loud, while…...

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