(Re)Collecting the Vietnam War

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There were numerous protests in the United States against the expansion of the Vietnam War into Cambodia. The most famous protest occurred at Kent State, where on 4 May 1970 the Ohio National Guard opened fire and killed four student protesters.

The United States Air Force begins “Operation Arc Light,” a three-year B-52 bombing campaign intended to support ground combat operations in Vietnam, on 18 June 1965. Ignoring Cambodia’s neutrality, the U.S. illegally bombs the nation’s…

During the week leading up to 30 April 1975, hundreds of thousands of South Vietnamese attempt to escape Việt Nam under chaotic conditions before the Communist takeover. North Việt Nam launches a sudden aid major military offensive and ends the…

On 27 January 1973, the United States and North Việt Nam sign cease-fire agreements, called the Paris Peace Accords, which provide, among other things, for the withdrawal of US. troops, the return of prisoners of war, and the ceasefire. President…

American bombing of areas near Hà Nội and Hải Phòng begins in May (Operation Linebacker, 9 May-23 October 1972) and intensifies in December (Operation Linebacker II, 18-29 December 1972, aka the Christmas Bombings).

North Việt Nam launches Easter Offensive (30 March-22 October 1972) across the demilitarized zone.

Henry Kissinger and Lê Đức Thọ meet several times to again discuss a ceasefire, reaching an agreement on 8 October 1972 which eventually leads to the Paris Peace Accords.

In 1971, American and South Vietnamese forces attack Communist sanctuaries in Cambodia and Laos, and South Vietnamese forces begin incursions into Laos against the Hồ Chí Minh Trail in Operation Lam Sơn 719 (8 February — 25 March 1971).

On 21 February 1970, U.S. National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger begins secret talks in Paris with North Vietnamese Lê Đức Thọ regarding a cease-fire agreement.

The United States begins a covert carpet bombing campaign called Operation Menu (18 March 1969—26 May 1970). Although the missions were supposed to take place in South Vietnam, many of the planes crossed over into Cambodia. Such cluster bomb…
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