Let Them Fight – America Leaves the Last Battle of the Vietnam War – Xuân Lộc


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Let Them Fight - America Leaves the Last Battle of the Vietnam War - Xuân Lộc



In early 1975, the People’s Army of Vietnam swept through several South Vietnamese territories on their way to Saigon. The government pleaded with the Americans for help to no avail, and the town of Xuân Lộc became the last stronghold of South Vietnamese resistance.

The Army of the Republic of Vietnam sent almost all of their remaining forces to defend the strategic crossroad, and President Nguyễn Văn Thiệu ordered the 18th Infantry Division to hold the town at all costs.

The South Vietnamese front then faced the Communist 4th Army Corps in a relentless 13-day battle that would decide the fate of the war.

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  1. I like how people treat the war as if South Vietnam didn't exist and it was just America versus the natives, and now I'm learning that not only were we asked for help, but that the North Vietnamese also had to stage a coup. Hmmm, I wonder if our involvement really was so one sided and evil.

  2. August 2021 is just April 1975 repeating itself. I really thought the U.S. would have learned how to properly “Hank Snow” out of a country. Biden was a U.S. Senator in 1975 – you would think he would remember those days.
    (Hank Snow was a country music singer whose biggest hit was a song entitled: “I’m Movin’ On.” )

  3. So I'm going to go out on a limb here and ask if you guys could do a documentary about the comparisons between the pull out of Vietnam and the pull out of Afghanistan currently going on mind you I would wait for like a month before trying to do any type of a video about this

  4. The leadership of Hanoi sacrificed four generations to expel foreigners from IndoChina and to unite Vietnam.

    The United States Military Industrial Intelligence Complex learned that profit was not dependent upon victory.

    The whole vast human drama of the Second IndoChina War played out to the bitter end.

    I met the woman who had been the wife of the ambassador of South Vietnam to the United States. She had also fought against the French forces in the First IndoChina War. She said of the perspective of the South Vietnamese, "How did we lose? We were allied to the most powerful nation upon the planet."

  5. I don’t see how people keep saying it’s exactly like Afghanistan. South Vietnam held on for over 18 months after the non interfering treaties were signed. Afghan force surrendered within a month even though they have highly modernized equipment relatively to the south Vietnamese army. Both South Vietnam and republic of Afghan were going against North Vietnamese and Taliban’s Chinese/ Russian supplied weaponry from the 60-70s. America also trained them for 20 years whereas America meaningful involvement in Vietnam only from 1965-73. And also North Vietnamese commies aren’t taliban. Yes they sent many south Vietnamese officers to re education camps and stole property of countless south Vietnamese business owners but they do not treat women like utter trash or impose radicalized religious belief upon their citizens. Stop comparing us Taliban savage or Afghan cowards.

  6. To those who say that the U.S should have invaded the North, keep in mind that country was supported by BOTH the Soviet Union and China, to which they sent support crews to help train the North. And if they got caught in the crossfire, as well as China getting involved like what happened at North Korea, this could ignite WW3

  7. It´s Vietnam´s Independence Day today and they force the people here to fly the flag. There are police officers checking every house making sure everyone complies. I think it´s safe to say Vietnamese people would be better off today had the South won.

  8. As long as the American's were there the North Vietnamese could not win, but if the US had stayed we would still be there defending a DMZ as long as the state of California.

  9. Dear "Dark Docs":
    Thanks for your detail illustrations of the final battle of Vietnam, your channel is very knowledgeable of many great history events that changed the 20th century!
    I would like to know the last three years of the Afghan communist regieme, after the Soviet army leave in 1989, the Afghan army struggled three years until their inevitable surrender in 1992. It was a parallel of history like South Vietnam! Thanks you very much for concerning! Bravo!

    Alex

  10. The north forced ethnic minorities to fight for their side by holding their families hostage. There’s a book called Lost Crusade that followed an American advisor leading a group of defectors that they captured.

  11. General Le Minh Dao – if he was in charge at the beginning in the 60's it would have been a different story.
    S. Vietnam politicians were so corrupt during this time and reminds me of today.

  12. While the Vietcong and North Vietnam got full support (weapons, supplies, even tens of thousands Chinese troops in civilian clothes) from China and Soviet Union, how could the South continue their fight when its only supporter, the U.S., backed down in the middle of the fight?