Viet Cong


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Viet Cong

(vēĕt` kông), officially Viet Nam Cong San [Vietnamese Communists], People's Liberation Armed Forces in South Vietnam. The term was originally applied by Diem's regime to Communist troops (about 10,000) left in hideouts in South Vietnam after the Geneva Conference of 1954, following the French Indochina War (1946–54). Most Communist troops, according to the agreements, had withdrawn to North Vietnam. Supported and later directed by North Vietnam, the Viet Cong first tried subversive tactics to overthrow the South Vietnamese regime, then resorted to open warfare (see Vietnam WarVietnam War,
conflict in Southeast Asia, primarily fought in South Vietnam between government forces aided by the United States and guerrilla forces aided by North Vietnam. The war began soon after the Geneva Conference provisionally divided (1954) Vietnam at 17° N lat.
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). They were subsequently reinforced by huge numbers of North Vietnamese troops infiltrating south, and aided in the reunification of Vietnam following the collapse of South Vietnam in 1975.
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During the 1967 Tet Nguyen Dan, the North Vietnamese army and the Viet Cong entered into a cease-fire with the South Vietnamese army and American forces.
As the grueling battle continued into the third day, another large Viet Cong strike was repulsed through Moore's ability to shift men and firepower at a moment's notice against the savage, last-ditch efforts of the insurgents to break through the friendly positions.
The Americans sided with the South Vietnam government to battle the guerrilla force of the Viet Cong and the People's Army of Vietnam.
Even though the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army suffered horrendous losses, the American public, misled by very inaccurate press reporting, lost their confidence in Johnson's ability to prosecute the war to a successful conclusion.
After a brief engagement, the Viet Cong fled and Finkelstein returned to his claims work.
The Tet Offensive of 1968 is seen as a defeat for the Viet Cong, but also a victory, since it destroyed the limited public support that President Johnson had managed to elicit.
1966: At least eight people were killed and several wounded after Viet Cong artillery shelled the South Vietnamese capital, Saigon.
Using her as bait, they captured a Viet Cong Colonel in a daring snatch operation.
A DOUBLE amputee golfer shot an amazing 79 at St Andrews yesterday Mike Reeder, 62, who lost his legs to a Viet Cong booby trap 40 years ago was brought to the home of golf by the charity Challenged Athletes Foundation.
The poems are evocative of the tragedy of the war, dealing with such subjects as dead Viet Cong soldiers and prisoners taken after the Battle of Long Tan, an Australian medic examining an injured child, a young woman held at the Task Force headquarters for interrogation, Australian soldiers on recreation leave, children fleeing in fear and Agent Orange.
By 1969, about 45,000 Americans had been killed in the fight against the left-wing Viet Cong.
At the height of the Vietnam war, the Americans said that there was no defeating the Viet Cong unless Cambodia, through which Viet Cong supply routes passed, was secured.