Despite the devastating effects of both Agent Orange and napalm, neither weapon worked particularly well against the guerrilla tactics of the Vietcong during the Vietnam War. The Vietcong used a variety of tactics to keep the Americans one step behind in spite of their superior weaponry.Know More
Napalm is a mixture of plastic polystyrene, hydrocarbon benzene and gasoline, which are all highly flammable materials. The mixture is thick, jelly-like and immediately burns anything within 10 minutes. Napalm bombings were incredibly devastating and almost always killed everyone in its path. The temperatures of napalm ranged between 1,500 to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
Agent Orange was an intense herbicide that the American troops used to destroy the clean food and water of Vietcong and their sympathizers. The chemical had devastating lingering effects on plants, animals and people in the area for years.
The Vietcong were able to thwart these attacks through sneaky means such as setting booby traps in towns, disguising as peasants and otherwise trapping American troops entering villages. They received supplies from Russia and China through a route between Laos and Cambodia called the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The Americans did not attack this for fear of escalating the war. The Vietcong also stayed close to American troops, which made large scale bombings impossible without hurting their own troops.Learn more about Vietnam War
Find updated information about Agent Orange on several different history and health sites, such as PublicHealth.VA.gov, History.com and Cancer.org. The websites also list diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange.Full Answer >
As of 2015, official estimates of American casualties during the Vietnam War between 1961 and 1975 include 58,209 dead and 303,644 wounded. Of these, 47,434 deaths are classified as hostile or combat-related and 10,786 unaccounted for or attributed to other causes. South Korea suffered 4,407 casualties, and Australia had 506.Full Answer >
The Vietnam War was fought in an attempt to stem the communist rule of Vietnam; it did not succeed in its objectives despite massive loss of life for both South and North Vietnamese and the United States, who stepped in to try and prevent Communist rule in the region. The Vietnam War formerly held the title of the longest war in U.S. history until the war in Afghanistan. Despite military intervention by the U.S., the North Vietnamese was able to overtake the South Vietnamese and the Vietnam War takes its place in history as the only war that the U.S. ever lost.Full Answer >
The Vietnam War officially started in 1954 after Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh party rose to power in North Vietnam. The war ended in 1975 when communist forces invaded Saigon, ending in the unification of the country as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in 1976.Full Answer >