Episode 6.13 — November 24, 2021

Episode 6.13

Operation Market Time

American ground troops arrive in South Vietnam. The American Navy in operation ‘market time’ cut the sea supply route but the supplies of men and equipment from North Vietnam to the Viet Cong instead are sent down the Ho Chi Minh trail. The South Vietnamese Generals carry on their petty infighting for power, General Khahn is removed from power and sent into exile. A biography of General Ky, pictured below, the new military strong man is given.

To be published on Saturday 27th November

Episode 6.12 (Vietnam 1955 – 1965) — November 15, 2021

Episode 6.12 (Vietnam 1955 – 1965)

The Air War

President Johnson agrees to a sustained bombing campaign against North Vietnam to try to force their Government to end the war in the South. It started with operation flaming dart and then operation Rolling Thunder. Damage was done by the Government of North Vietnam would not end the war. American planes are shot down and aircrew taken prisoner.

To be published on Saturday 20th November

Episode 6.11 (Vietnam 1955 – 1965) — November 9, 2021

Episode 6.11 (Vietnam 1955 – 1965)

Johnson decides on war

There is much disagreement within the American Government as to whether American ground troops should be committed to fight in South Vietnam, for example under secretary of state George Ball is against, his biography is given. However American President Johnson agrees to widen the war with bombing attacks on North Vietnam and the sending of American soldiers to fight the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army.

To be published on Saturday 13th November

Episode 6.10 — November 1, 2021

Episode 6.10

North Vietnamese Army intervention

The South Vietnamese Army was already losing the war in the countryside to the Viet Cong. Now in the latter months of 1964, things were looking as they could only get worse as elements of the North Vietnamese regular army enter South Vietnam to aid the Viet Cong. A biography of General Westmoreland the commander of American forces in South Vietnam and its headquarters MACV. He is pictured below.

To be publish on Saturday 6th November

Episode 6.9 (Vietnam 1955 – 1965) — October 26, 2021

Episode 6.9 (Vietnam 1955 – 1965)

The Gulf of Tonkin indecent

Three North Vietnamese torpedo boats attack a United States Destroyer off the coast of North Vietnam in the Gulf of Tonkin. However it a second attack which in fact did not take place which led President Johnson to ask Congress to agree to the Gulf of Tonkin allowing the American President to take any military action in Vietnam. A biography of President Johnson.

To be published on Saturday 30th October

Episode 6.8 (Vietnam 1955 – 1965) — October 18, 2021

Episode 6.8 (Vietnam 1955 – 1965)

Lies and Statics

While Viet Cong pressure grows in the countryside of South Vietnam, the data coming from the American Army command in the country is far more hopefully. However that is because it tampered with to look better such as the body count of dead Viet Cong. Much of the pressure for production of so much data comes from the Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, his biography is given and is pictured below.

To be published on Saturday 23rd October

Episode 6.7 (Vietnam 1955 – 1965) — October 11, 2021

Episode 6.7 (Vietnam 1955 – 1965)


Following the overthrown of Diem in a coup in November 1963, there is a period of chaos in the Government of South Vietnam as the General fight among each other for power. The American Government becomes disappointed with the performance of the Government and support a second coup within just a few months. A biography of one of the military strong men in the country, General Khahn. President Kennedy is killed and replaced by President Johnson..

To be published on Saturday 16th October

Episode 6.6 (Vietnam 1955 – 1965) — October 8, 2021

Episode 6.6 (Vietnam 1955 – 1965)

Murder of Diem

After much debate within the American Government, the Kennedy agrees to the request of American ambassador to South Vietnam Henry Cabot Lodge to support the overthrown of Diem, the President of South Vietnam. Lodge arranges to gather support for a coup among the ARVIN Generals. However the coup leader would not only overthrown but also kill him and his brother. Diem is shot in the back of a armoured personnel carrier.

To be published on Saturday 9th October

Episode 6.5 (Vietnam 1955 – 1965) — September 28, 2021

Episode 6.5 (Vietnam 1955 – 1965)

Buddhist protests

The war in the countryside against the Viet Cong is not going well for the South Vietnamese Government in 1963. Then the unpopular nature of the Diem regime is shown in protests in cities and towns of the country by the majority Buddhist community against the more favourable treatment offered by the Government to the Catholics. Protests include monks burning themselves alive. A biography of the new American ambassador to South Vietnam, Henry Cabot Lodge.

To be published on Saturday 2nd October

Episode 6.4 Vietnam 1955 – 1965 — September 23, 2021

Episode 6.4 Vietnam 1955 – 1965

Battle of Ap Bac

Events in South Vietnam and Laos in 1962 and the first week of 1963. General Harkins becomes the commander of the American military in South Vietnam, its headquarters is commonly referred to as MACV. A biography of General Harkins is given. In the first week of 1963 the Viet Cong repulses an attack by the ARVIN near the village of Ap Bac, five American helicopters are destroyed. The story of the Civil War in Laos in 1962.