Armor in Vietnam, A Pictorial History by Jim Mesko

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S. immersion in Vietnam after World War II. Despite the glow of victory, the end of the war did not bring peace and security for the United States and the rest of the world. As the war drew to a close and in the months immediately following, suspicion and hostility led eventually to armed confrontations, frequently on the brink of war, between the United States and the Soviet Union. The origins of the Soviet–American Cold War are complex, but the result was a division of the world into separate spheres of influence around one or the other of these nations, with other areas outside these spheres being contested by both.

Separate agreements provided for Laotian and Cambodian governments in those countries. Kenton Clymer details the course of events in these countries in chapter 12. Finally, an unsigned declaration, released at the end of the conference, called for elections to be held throughout Vietnam in 1956 to decide the country’s political future. The diplomats at Geneva had found a formula for ending the Franco-Vietminh war, but not a plan for the unification of Vietnam under one government. S. delegation at Geneva issued a statement acknowledging the results of the conference but not endorsing them.

With the appearance of the ideological and military threat represented by Nazi German expansion in Europe and Japanese aggression in China, the Comintern directed Asian Communists to undertake united front strategies with bourgeois and progressive opponents of fascism. Ho had favored patriotic fronts since his creation of the Revolutionary Youth League. France itself formed a Popular Front government in 1936 and legalized such groups in its colonies. Without The Vietnam War and Its Enduring Historical Relevance 17 revealing their Communist identities, ICP members established the Indochina Democratic Front in Tonkin.

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