North Vietnam and South Vietnam were on opposite sides of the Vietnam War. From November 1, 1955, to April 30, 1975, the war was in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Behind the scenes, the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies helped North Vietnam, while the United States and other anti-communist allies helped South Vietnam. After the United States finally left, the Vietnam War went on for 20 years. Who won the war in Vietnam? Find out everything here.
Why did the Vietnam War happen?
Since the 1800s, Vietnam was ruled by the French as a colony. So, during World War II, Japanese forces came in and took over the country.
Getting rid of the French Colonial government and the Japanese forces was important, so they asked China and the Soviet Union for help. So, they made the Viet Minh, also called the League for the Independence of Vietnam. After World War II ended, Japan left Vietnam, leaving the French and Vietnam’s emperor, Bao Dai, behind.
This was a good chance, so the Viet Minh forces easily took over the northern part of the country and named Ho president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. When this happened, the French started getting ready to take back the land they had lost. In the end, the French took the North back, but the North fought them again, beat them, and took over the whole country.
At a time when the Cold War was at its worst, the United States joined the war and helped the South. Even though many people died, the North fought back.
Over 3 million people died because of years of war. In January 1973, the United States and North Vietnam came to an end to their war by signing a final peace agreement. North and South Vietnam fought until April 30, 1975, when DRV forces took Saigon and changed its name to Ho Chi Minh City (Ho himself died in 1969).
How many people died during the Vietnam War?
Between North and South Vietnam, more than 2 million people died during the 20-year war.
Who won the war in Vietnam?
The Vietnam War lasted for 20 years, until the last American troops left the country.