How did the U.S. Fail in Vietnam? | Animated History

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    The Armchair HistorianThe Armchair Historian2 yıl önce
    • Then, to stop commie spread in Southeast Asia, some political from US and Soeharto the President Of Indonesia met. Then, formed ASEAN with Thailand, Philipine, Malaysia, Singapore. So Aussie safe from Commie

      Bayu WWBayu WW10 saatler önce
    • Bro you are so Goddamn stupid we sighed the Paris peace accords in 1973 they resaled our prisoners of war and we ended direct involvement and you know 58,000 Americans were killed and over a MILLION north Vietnamese were killed we was winning before the withdraw and you know we could take Vietnam off the map right now ? So no therefore we have never lost a was debate me

      Alyson MarcumAlyson Marcum2 aylar önce
    • Indochina = india china? You kidding me, wheres "o"? Its wrong, indonesia china

      Muhammad WalidMuhammad Walid2 aylar önce
    • LOSER that it's. and nothing to discuss. We Won and they're Failure . end of stories funfact: till this time we are the only race defeated the USA.

      Mr. MadMr. Mad4 aylar önce
    • to late i already have it but it is amazing!

      sclicesclice4 aylar önce
  • Asteroid: hey USA USA: what Asteroid: wanna hear a joke? USA: sure Asteroid: oil USA: what I don’t get it Asteroid: that’s right you will never get my oil

    Isnsj mcmkemIsnsj mcmkem17 saatler önce
  • We do that know if they failed or not so idk

    Nugget BossNugget Boss18 saatler önce
  • Don't mind the salty comments below me 👇

    Martin VeraMartin VeraGün önce
  • Vietnam here

  • Why did we fail? We let politicians fight our battles instead of soldiers. Yet it was the soldiers who died.

    Pyrrhus InvictusPyrrhus Invictus3 gün önce
  • If Native Nations in the 1860s had the AR-15 and the military arms backing of another country.. Native People would of given the United States it's Vietnam a whole century earlier!!

    Cody GeewinCody Geewin3 gün önce
  • Very interesting, thank you for the video.

    btetschnerbtetschner3 gün önce
  • 1M subs today

    Bruh7894Bruh78944 gün önce
  • I am the Lorax and I speak for the trees, and for some damn reason. There speaking Vietnamese *fortunate son plays*

    Thomas-Joe GrayThomas-Joe Gray4 gün önce
  • every US Army hater uses Vietnam as a way to hate on America which is stupid

    Pickle with internetPickle with internet5 gün önce
  • How South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines also lost the Vietnam War:

    ビッグディックダチビッグディックダチ5 gün önce
  • Worth noting that Britain had basically defeated the Viet Minh in 1945, when a combination of American and French pressure, and disinterest from Westminster, saw the highly successful British (and supervised Japanese) forces withdraw. France would later be defeated by Ho Chi Minh, whose forces would later pull a hattrick by defeating South Vietnam and the US. Mark Felton has a great video on the subject.

    aubs400aubs4005 gün önce
  • Lol this comment section is funny everyone acting like Vietnam is stronger the the usa. The the reality is Vietnam lost over 2 million lives vs the US lost around 58k Yes the usa lost but that was due to the lack of support given by the citizens as most did not want the war

    Lord CommissarLord Commissar5 gün önce
  • Russia could'nt beat the US But Vietnam Cần Thơ

    TheFlamingGamingTheFlamingGaming5 gün önce
  • They did the same thing to Genghis Khan's mongol army, the Chinese, the French..., too. The U.S. defeat was not as legendary as the way they defeated the Genghis Khan's army.

    Jetsun Leonhardt Ty ThinleyJetsun Leonhardt Ty Thinley6 gün önce
  • Because you don’t like rice,and rice is the winner

    khanh luongkhanh luong6 gün önce
  • soldiers : *pee on a bush* bush : duma, thối thế!

    herohero6 gün önce
  • idk I see the north viets as cowards but eh

    MrdarthkermitMrdarthkermit7 gün önce
  • We should all blame france for making the US fight for them. They werent fighting for communism, they were fighting for freedom..

    Yagoo's Prophet Undivided [Void]Yagoo's Prophet Undivided [Void]8 gün önce
  • This is terrible lefty history

    Carlos David NavarreteCarlos David Navarrete8 gün önce
  • They truly love their country and people

    cava guynhcava guynh8 gün önce
  • Vietnam Defeats U.S USA now: oh you Want 6000 Nuclears?

    J RIVAZJ RIVAZ8 gün önce
    • @J RIVAZ 1. What did the French say about Vietnam after the war that made the whole world respect Vietnam so much? Vietnam has experienced the anti-French resistance in the 20th century. This resistance war we have won a glorious victory and that is the pride of the people of Vietnam. But even if you win, there will be great losses and sacrifices that cannot be compensated for and let the next generation understand a time of glorious glory as well as hard sacrifices lost. of the generations of his father, the books written on the subject of war will give today's readers an objective view and understanding of what the generation of his father used to sacrifice for independence. nation. Not only Vietnam but the French also have unforgettable memories of Vietnam. That was shared again in the book The War of Indochina through the voices of French soldiers.Through the book we will see, entering this war, French soldiers kept going from surprise to surprise. In combat, they were amazed at why the Vietnamese army, with its small people, rudimentary weapons, could be so brave, resilient and determined to fight and win. When they were defeated, held prisoners in a prison with no bars, no guards, and lived peacefully among the gentle people, they were even more amazed by the attitude and treatment of the Vietnamese army and people; the humanitarian and lenient policies of President Ho Chi Minh and the Government of Vietnam. A European prisoner - Phi Trai 15 wrote a letter to President Ho Chi Minh, including a passage expressing the awakening of this war: "Our minds were then crammed with all kinds of false propaganda of the invaders (ie the French colonialists). They told us: The Viet Minh were very barbaric; if they caught you they would behead. ""With those endless lies, we were so afraid to run to Your ranks and we stayed with weapons in hand until many of our comrades fell to the battlefield ... Early Vietnamese soldiers and officers made us understand that they were not fighting against the youth of oppressed nations, much less against the French people, but against the French colonialists - who living only on the wealth of others ". The mood from surprise to gratitude also happened similarly in many other prisoners, below is a part of the letter of the prisoners of Hospital 128 expressing gratitude and choking emotion:"Since our arrest, we have always been treated well by the officers and soldiers of the Vietnam People's Army as well as by the Vietnamese people. Thanks to your generosity, we are always welcome. enthusiasm everywhere we go. "" We were deeply moved that the Vietnamese people came to visit us last night on the occasion of our return. Personally, I cried when a lady. The old man holding my shoulder told me sentences in Vietnamese to say congratulations to me like a gentle mother said to her son ". Since then, with the question of why Vietnam won, the soldiers have an answer. Explaining the end of the war, private soldier Mohamed Ben Lancen said:“The heroic Vietnamese people united for an ideal fought with all their strength to defeat the French expeditionary army equipped with modern weapons and American aircraft. The source of the Vietnamese people's victory was the right cause for their national independence, while the French expeditionary army fought just for the sake of making money. Most of us are children of workers recruited because of poverty and unemployment ”.

      skidbjster 1743skidbjster 17432 gün önce
    • @J RIVAZ Dude like Russia And China can just rape USA

      skidbjster 1743skidbjster 17432 gün önce
    • @skidbjster 1743 USA have many Allied Country bro than Vietnam Philippines,India,Sweden,Australia,Germany ETC. Other Countries hate Chinese

      J RIVAZJ RIVAZ2 gün önce
    • ​@J RIVAZ Im too lazy to name all of 195 countries in the world

      skidbjster 1743skidbjster 17433 gün önce
    • @skidbjster 1743 really? How about Japan,Germany,Sweden,Austlia,Spain,Brazil and India?

      J RIVAZJ RIVAZ3 gün önce
  • Can we take a moment to acknowledge how totally underrated guerrilla warfare is.

    World EaterWorld Eater8 gün önce
  • Vietnam did win the war but I feel like America was not really into winning this war. Wouldnt it make sense that America would resort to nuclear weapons if America was actually so serious about winning. The only time when I know America was so serious was when it literally just wiped out Nagasaki and Hiroshima. WW2 lasted for few years until Japan attacked America, that's when America felt like it's time to end WW2 and America did end WW2 at ease.

    iRO ChakriiRO Chakri8 gün önce
  • Everyone obviously knows that if U.S.A released Mason Woods and Hudson than the war would be over in a few months

    EpicFace539EpicFace5398 gün önce
  • Good morning friday to you From vietnam

    Cigar CigarCigar Cigar9 gün önce
  • Critic English Colonialism, proceeds to justify Yankee Imperialism

    Tomas FigueroaTomas Figueroa9 gün önce
  • Its pretty east to explain. When the army your facing is in the north but your not allowed to go north because china threatens another korean war in vietnam its hard to destroy that army in the north. On top of that the soldiers don't want to be there and the us population doesn't want them there. Then you look at how no matter what when usa leaves the south will fall instantly one starts to think what's the whole point anyway. So the usa decided to leave because it wasn't worth it its not like they were kicked out. Actually they never lost a major military battle. They literally walked into ambush after ambush and still came out on top. If it wasn't for china usa would have swept over the north in a matter of weeks and thank the usa population for demanding an end to a pointless war that was the whole reason they left. I have a lot of respect for the north vietnamese but lets be honest without china threatening war or usa anti war propaganda they would have been done for the last thing they did was kick out the usa military more like held on in the north till the us military said screw it

    Junior AdultJunior Adult9 gün önce
  • Another looser who got facts wrong! Fact the US was not involved when South Vietnam fell. Our mission in the Vietnam war was ONLY to prevent the south from being over run like almost happened in South Korea and nothing more. From the start of our time in South Vietnam the American military did exactly that and the North/NVA/Charlie never took over the South.

    John LeibenguthJohn Leibenguth9 gün önce
  • Why does the us general got a “pokeball” on his right shoulder?

    Armin LeeArmin Lee10 gün önce
  • US would win on every encounter but the viets just keeps and keeps harassing until the capitalist don't want to spend money no more

  • Cool animations but water splashes were backwards.... Make a narrow column appear then widen then fall...

    hillary clintonhillary clinton10 gün önce
  • The same way america fell in 2020_2021.. propaganda and the side fighting for right was intentionally kept from winning

    hillary clintonhillary clinton10 gün önce

    Tecumseh ShermanTecumseh Sherman10 gün önce
  • Wow, once again, great job kid. Not. "In 1955 fighting began between North and South"? OMG what bullshit. The NVA wasn't even involved then. It was the U.S./DIem that created the Viet Cong, once the communists/nationalists in the south knew there wasn't going to be an election. Like everyone else, you just blow right past the 1954 Geneva Agreement, splitting Vietnam into two TEMPORARY REGROUPMENT ZONES while awaiting the results of a popular vote. The U.S. bullied its way in there and totally disrupted the agreement, told its puppet Diem not to hold elections, and went ahead and nation-built South Vietnam. And BTW kid, it wasn't he Pentagon Papers that revealed the My Lai Massacre. It was a Soldier who wrote his congressman. Jesus. During which, the U.S. Army tried to cover it up.

    Jerry EJerry E11 gün önce
  • The USA was defeated ? So Vietnam forced the surrender of the USA? Vietnam occupied or occupies portions of the USA? Also the tet offensive was a tactical victory for the USA and south Vietnam....

    Eric HoneckerEric Honecker11 gün önce
  • Yah :(

    Rafael AlvaradoRafael Alvarado12 gün önce
  • Easily they didn’t invade end of this video

    NathanInvictusNathanInvictus12 gün önce
  • Sorry but i have to dislike this one. You didin't even mentioned the Paris Peace Accords, signed by the North 2 years before they invade the South.

    Adolf PereiraAdolf Pereira12 gün önce
  • Vietnamese translation please! We need to know what you said in that video. In the world there are a lot of distortions about the history of Vietnam, such as the majority of American films about the Vietnam War 🤮 how such dumb puppets can defeat the US and France, shoot down B52 and millions of tons of bombs dropped by the US with the bombs of two world wars? The world needs to know more about Vietnam. About how we conquered the colonial chains of the great powers that want to invade this land.🇻🇳🇻🇳🇻🇳

    Cảnh Nguyễn ĐăngCảnh Nguyễn Đăng12 gün önce
  • The tree start singing ho ho ho chi minh

    Kevin Lerfand Fabiand Lumban TobingKevin Lerfand Fabiand Lumban Tobing12 gün önce
  • NVA commander: Vo Nguyen Giap Subtitles: roll wings off *Bruh*

    Chi TrươngChi Trương12 gün önce
  • Cause is wrong. It was the US had to support the promise of the Bretton-Woods agreement which was designed to re-start the global economies after WW2.

    John HodgeJohn Hodge13 gün önce
  • North Vietnamese general Vo Nguyen Giap was willing to sacrifice 10 Vietnamese for every 1 US soldier. They were willing to fight until the last man.

    Paul McCharmleyPaul McCharmley13 gün önce
  • Just saying neither won the war neither lost the war America abandoned the war and didn’t surrender

    Ethan HoganEthan Hogan14 gün önce
    • Im sure they surrendered to the vietcong

      AsianKidIsSomethingAsianKidIsSomething10 gün önce
  • The point was to get Saigon so USA won

    tes516tes51614 gün önce
  • Haha lol noob.....

    ApoloApolo14 gün önce
  • We lost because of the media and lack support at home. The same reason Britain lost the Revolutionary war.

    TheShamingTheShaming15 gün önce
  • America fought for the domino theory. Don't hear much about dying for dominos anymore . . .

    ThinmanThinman15 gün önce
  • So inaccurate fortunate son was not played with the helicopter at the start smh

    d0zyd0zy16 gün önce
  • RRReally very regretted Americans had to leave south vietnam too early in 1973 while VN internal war was going on and didn't know who would defeat who? Athough US army had more modern technological weapons and utilities such as bombers, helicopters, warships, cannons, tanks, trucks, etc. but they had not warrior's combat spirit at battlefield (almost they all were scared painful and the death). 50% they were lost of spirit in the battles. If they had just needed to get 20% spirit as Japanese troop or Nazi in WWII then US Army would win VN War and VN context would also like North and South of Korean Peninsula nowaday.(of course no hitting to liberate North VN for respecting the Genève agreement 1954 )

    political life gamepolitical life game16 gün önce
  • I'm so proud of Vietnam. I hope there will be infinite oil in Vietnam so USA can come and get destroyed once again. And F U USA.

    Firdaus AkmalFirdaus Akmal16 gün önce
  • We didn't "Lose Vietnam". We ," Quit Vietnam".ok

    David AlexoffDavid Alexoff16 gün önce
    • So you loss

      AsianKidIsSomethingAsianKidIsSomething10 gün önce
  • The vietmes ambushed us, like we ambushed the British during revolution!.

    David AlexoffDavid Alexoff16 gün önce
  • It's similar to the war of 1812, America fails in all its objectives and even gets its capital city burned to the ground but they still think they won.

    WankersCramp69WankersCramp6917 gün önce
  • Pro tip, don’t start a fight halfway around the world simply to try and prevent a nation from attaining independence. It’ll be an expensive, amoral, laughable waste of time and life

    Ander PAnder P17 gün önce
  • We sent over a million commies to hell and stopped the spread of communism. Thats a win.

    red88alertred88alert17 gün önce
    • @AsianKidIsSomething we stopped the spread of communism which was the goal. We won and sent 1 million commies to hell lmao 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

      red88alertred88alert10 gün önce
    • Yeah then they all died and america didnt win

      AsianKidIsSomethingAsianKidIsSomething10 gün önce
    • @red88alert *THIS* is the propaganda I'm talking about. They are normal people with a different opinion than you. Talking about them like that is inhumane. If you didn't notice: No European, Asian or African land's public opinion is in favour of the American's genocide against people with different opinions. Ironically, America always talks about freedom but viciously commits war crimes against people that would like to be self-sufficiently communist.

      I_love_CarrotsI_love_Carrots13 gün önce
    • @I_love_Carrots atrocities? Commies aren't people. No atrocities to talk about. We did the world a favor.

      red88alertred88alert13 gün önce
    • @red88alert The facts are that America lost but still committed lots of atrocities.

      I_love_CarrotsI_love_Carrots13 gün önce
  • A lot of data in this video not a plain lie, but twisted and manipulated at the very least. Too much crap to finish watching the video. Very badly researched what really happened prior to the Vietnam war.

    duiveldoderduiveldoder17 gün önce
  • A sorry ass democrat was in charge.

    Michael OedyMichael Oedy17 gün önce
  • American: we lost because bla bla bla bla Vietnam: Ah yes, the tree guy save us

    Recko AjinomotoRecko Ajinomoto18 gün önce
  • Probably should have picked somebody other than diem

    Maskim GalgoMaskim Galgo18 gün önce
  • So how were we defeated when we won all most every battle against the vc and nva

    Bradley SearcyBradley Searcy18 gün önce
    • @Bradley Searcy And also, by insulting the person for being smart is selfish. Learn how to lose.

      Matas GusMatas Gus11 gün önce
    • @Bradley Searcy Did you even watch the video? He clearly said that casualties didn't matter. Like another person said, if casualties were to determine if a war is won, Germany would have "won" WW2.

      Matas GusMatas Gus11 gün önce
    • American lost 50000 soldiers and nva and vc nearly 3.5 million

      Bradley SearcyBradley Searcy18 gün önce
    • Ok mr know it all

      Bradley SearcyBradley Searcy18 gün önce
    • Utterly irrelevant, you left the battlefield and they remained. To use a boxing analogy, several rounds have been fought, fighter A is thrashing fighter B on points. Before the end of the bout fighter, A leaves the ring, who is declared the winner?

      Andy MillsAndy Mills18 gün önce
  • Right on

    Bradley SearcyBradley Searcy18 gün önce
  • the us lost bc they didnt use bombs

    Shelby DavisShelby Davis19 gün önce

    The SenateThe Senate19 gün önce
  • Almost a million viet Cong died and only 58,000 Americans died. I’d say you cant win a war when the enemy is an idea ( communism) because if you kill a million people that hold that idea there’s a book that can make a million more believers in that idea.

    Chippewa GuyChippewa Guy19 gün önce
  • Does anyone remember the Paris Peace Accords? The US war effort brought North Vietnam to the negotiating table. Of course they broke the treaty after the US left, but it was the Democrats who sold Vietnam down the river, after Nixon resigned, by refusing to uphold the promise the US made to South Vietnam to replace defence equipment used against the North

    SImbayosysSImbayosys20 gün önce
  • NVA fought conventional, Vietcong was the only guerrilla force

    UniverseNerdUniverseNerd20 gün önce
  • Oh, just like in Afghanistan and Iraq?

    Naseef Us SakibNaseef Us Sakib20 gün önce
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