A collection of archive war footage from the Vietnam war. Chapters are: ‘A Nation Builds Under Fire’, ‘Final Outcome’, ‘To Save a Soldier’, ‘Rescue’, ‘No Expense Spared’, ‘Transformed Flight’, ‘War and Advice’, ‘Desertion’, ‘The 9th Infantry Division’, ‘Inter Service Operation’, ‘Contact’ and ‘Patrol’.
The Vietnam War or the Second Indochina War was a Cold War military conflict that occurred in Vietnam Laos and Cambodia from 1959 to 30 April 1975. The war was fought between the communist North Vietnam supported by its communist allies and the government of South Vietnam supported primarily by the United States. The United States entered the war to prevent a communist takeover of South Vietnam as part of their wider strategy of containment and their involvement escalated in the early 1960s and combat units were deployed beginning in 1965. The war exacted a huge human cost in terms of fatalities including 3 to 4 million Vietnamese from both sides and 1.5 to 2 million Laotians and Cambodians. More than 3 million Americans served in Vietnam. By war’s end 58 193 soldiers were killed more than 150 000 were wounded and at least 21 000 were permanently disabled. Approximately 830 000 Vietnam veterans suffered symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder. An estimated 125 000 Americans fled to Canada to avoid the Vietnam draft and approximately 50 000 American servicemen deserted. In 1977 United States President Jimmy Carter granted a full complete and unconditional pardon to all Vietnam-era draft evaders. The Vietnam War POW/MIA issue concerning the fate of U.S. service personnel listed as missing in action is still unresolved. Much of the film footage is from the U.S. Government Archives and includes a speech by President Lyndon Johnson as well as a documentary featuring John Wayne in an effort to unite the American people in the war effort. Also depicted are the humanitarian roles played by the U.S. Military such as medical aid food distribution and rice harvesting. Original footage of marine landings and air operations are included in the series as well as artillery-gun fire. The daily life of an U.S. soldier is also shown. Chapters: 1. A Nation Builds Under Fire 2. Final Outcome 3. To Save A Soldier 4. Rescue 5. No Expense Spared 6. Transformed Flight 7. War And Advice 8. Desertion 9. The 9th Infantry Division 10. Inter Service Operation 11. Contact 12. Patrol A must have collection for anyone interested in recent World History.