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How did North Vietnam win?

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They didn't win, North Vietnam won after the U.S pulled most of our ground troops out. The U.S. launched a few bombing campaigns (Linebacker I and Linebacker II), but eventually South Vietnam lost too much ground to the North and South Vietnam lost the war. Saigon (capital of South Vietnam) fell to communist forces on April 30, 1975. Most U.S. forces had pulled-out of South Vietnam by early 1973. When the north invaded, the south's officers fled, leaving their troops without leaders.

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In relation to U.S. History please consider this ~ we did not lose the war, we pulled out due various circumstances. The French had gone in with the intention to stop the spread of Communism, and we sent advisors until the French requested military aide. We did not declare war until 1965, our advisors were sent in 1950. There are some hints that Kennedy was going to pull all U.S. involvement before he was assassinated in '63.When you consider that we signed a treaty/agreement freeing nearly 700 Prisoners Of War (POW) from North Vietnamm, but did not declare being defeated, not to mention that South Vietnam did not turn to Communism like Laos and Cambodia did - there were some victories in our involvement in Vietnam.

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The same way all wars are concluded - North Vietnam exhausted their opponents' ability to continue to fight.

The U.S. lost the will to win the war over North Vietnam. Many people all over the world protested against all kinds of U.S. invasion. And the U.S. Army didn't use all of it's potential of force and will to win. Logistically challenged the U.S. Army was not wholehearted enough to win. I might add, it was not the Army or any other branch of the US Military that did not have the heart to win. It was the US government. The US never lost a major battle in Vietnam, but as always, the US government did not allow the military to pursue the course of action they wished to, and history repeats itself to this day. === === The North Vietnamese won in the same basic way as the Americans won their war of independence. # They were brave. # They were hardy, tenacious and willing to endure any hardship. # They took the view that it was their country; no outsider would run it. # They were stubborn - just plain determined not to lose.

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There was no Vietnam during the Viet War. That's what 50% of the war was about (the other 50% was communism). There were TWO countries, a North Vietnam and a South Vietnam.

The North conquered the South in 1975. The North was persistent.

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North Vietnam did not win the Vietnam War. To win a war, the losing side must surrender. The limited war the US was fighting against North Vietnam and South Vietnam guerrilla fighters proved to be costly and one that disrupted the unity of the US at home. The newly elected President Nixon promised to end US involvement in the conflict and after several years did so. A "cease fire" was finally negotiated in Paris.

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While fellow Expert Chuck Siata is completely correct that the North Vietnamese did not defeat the United States in the Second Indochina War, there were other parties in the Second Indochina War, such as the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam), the Kingdom of Cambodia & the Khmer Republic, and the Kingdom of Laos. All of these parties, who were US allies for as long as the US was involved in the Second Indochina War, were defeated by the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) or its allies. As a result, it is critical to explain how North Vietnam and its allies prevailed over these countries, especially South Vietnam.

North Vietnam effectively defeated South Vietnam because of its ability to motivate South Vietnamese civilians to fight against their own government. North Vietnam was able early on in the conflict to successfully argue in the Vietnamese cultural space that its government was the only legitimate Vietnamese-ruled country and that the South Vietnamese government was a corrupt neo-colonial entity. North Vietnamese spies were able to easily recruit South Vietnamese civilians to the VietCong Resistance Army and have religious leaders in South Vietnam protest that government's choices. Ideologically, South Vietnam could not win and after the US withdrew from the South Indochina War, they did not have the military means to both oppose North Vietnam and tamp down their internal dissent. South Vietnam fell in 1975, two years after the US withdrawal.

The North Vietnamese and their allies were also able to undercut South Vietnam's regional support in Laos and Cambodia by supporting the Communist rebels in those countries, the Pathet Lao and the Khmer Rouge respectively. Those rebellions, which would both achieve success in late 1975, forced these regional allies of South Vietnam to focus inward and avoid engaging in the North-Vietnam-South-Vietnam struggle.

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America did not win the war. They were outfought by the Vietcong's Guerilla tactics.

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I am 100% sure that the Vietnamese won the Vietnam War. Too Many Americans were assassinated.

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Because of Samsung

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