Episode 6.17 (Vietnam 1955- 1965) — December 21, 2021

Episode 6.17 (Vietnam 1955- 1965)

Search and destroy

In September and October 1965, the level of American military operations steps up in level in South Vietnam with several sweeps into Viet Cong held countryside. The American Marines again try to destroy the Viet Cong First regiment but the Viet Cong evade the Marine sweep. A look at the Australian and New Zealand ground effort in South Vietnam in 1965.

To be published on Saturday 25th December

Episode 6.16 (Vietnam 1955 – 1965) — December 13, 2021

Episode 6.16 (Vietnam 1955 – 1965)

Operation Starlite

Military operations in South Vietnam up to the end of August 1965, most of the fighting is carried out by the South Vietnamese Army often with disappointing results. The American Army begins to carry out search and destroy operations to hunt and kill the Viet Cong. In Operation Starlite in the north of the country, American Marines try to attack the Viet Cong 1st Regiment.

To be published on Saturday 18th December

Episode 6.15 (Vietnam 1955 – 1965) — December 6, 2021

Episode 6.15 (Vietnam 1955 – 1965)

Communist forces

In this episode, I deal with the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army operating in South Vietnam. Tactics such as ambushes and the laying of bobby traps are discussed. The AK47 gun is compared to the American M14 rifle,. The AK47 proves to be a better weapon in the heat and dirt of the jungles of South Vietnam.

To be published on Saturday 11th December

Episode 6.14 — December 3, 2021

Episode 6.14

American Army in South Vietnam

A look at the organisation of the American Army in South Vietnam in 1965. Also the some of the weapons of the American Army at the time. A look at the Bell Huey helicopter. A biography of the American Army chief of staff General Harold Johnson. Th American enjoyed great superior in terms of firepower but this could be misused against civilians.

To be released on Saturday 4th December

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