Following two questions: why did the united states fight the vietnam war ask for volunteers to share their answers, which will likely vary, but should include mention of the us commitment to its containment policies and the vietnamese struggle, both north and south, for independence and self-determination. What was to become the vietnam war began in 1964 and lasted until 1975, the roots of the war were varied and can be traced back to the mid-1800s when the region became a colony of france.
It seized french indochina, that region of southeast asia comprising vietnam, cambodia and laos, which france had conquered in the name of the french empire the story really begins in the summer of 1940, after france surrendered to germany. The united states intervention in vietnam is seen by the world as america’s greatest loss and longest war before the start of the war in vietnam, the thought of the united states losing this war was unheard of because america was technologically superior, no country in south east asia could contend with them. The united states did not lose the vietnam war, although some may argue that by pulling out of south vietnam we did just that in 1972, north vietnam finally realized that the war was a stalemate.
The us and south vietnamese militaries sustained heavy losses before finally repelling the communist assault the tet offensive played an important role in weakening us public support for the war in vietnam. Even as the us troops left the conflict in vietnam, the ussr kept on helping the communist regime in north vietnam, making it impossible for the southern vietnamese to defend on their own the vietcong and the nva troops were more prepared for the unforgiving terrain of the vietnam jungles. So it was in the united states in 1973 and 1974, years when most americans mistakenly believed that the vietnam war was over in many ways, eerily enough, this could be a story from our own time.
North vietnam won their war, which was a continuous 40 year struggle to create a unified vietnam free of foreign control, first against the french (rather briefly), then the japanese, then the french again, and then the united states and its client state south vietnam, and then south vietnam alone. According to the book ‘from marshall plan to debt crisis: foreign aid and development choices in world economy’, between 1962 and 1975, vietnam was by far the largest recipient of usaid assistance and the war as a whole is estimated to have cost the united states $168 billion (worth around $950 billion in 2011 dollars. The war ended on april 30, 1975, when saigon surrendered almost without fighting to the communist forces, ending the united states’ involvement in vietnam photo by afp/getty images this question originally appeared on quora , the best answer to any question.
Why the united states became increasingly involved in the war in vietnam the vietnam conflict originated from a struggle against the colonial rule from france vietnam, previously known as indochina, had been part of the french empire up until 1940, when france was defeated in the second world war by germany.