Vietnam War from the North Vietnamese Perspective | Animated History

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The Vietnam War is a highly controversial topic at the best of times. But during their many debates on the subject, Western historians rarely pause to consider how the conflict was seen through the eyes of the Vietnamese people, either North or South. This video seeks to explore that little-known perspective, analysing the thoughts and motives behind perhaps the strangest, yet most persistent communist governments in Asia.
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    The Armchair HistorianThe Armchair Historian2 aylar önce
    • @Scot Lowlander yeah maybe 50 % or more ....

      C.A. oldC.A. old16 saatler önce
    • @JLight2r1 wait no I did some research again the North did start attacking again on March 1973. In this source look at Nixon’s final months,

      hey it's Quanghey it's Quang20 saatler önce
    • @JLight2r1 shoot I messed up, I meant to say was the communists not the NVA. It’s been a couple months since I did research so I forgot some of the little details. Let me propose this scenario again if WW2 ended with a peace treaty but the axis attacked again after 2 months. Would this event be included in WW2 or are we just going to say WW3?

      hey it's Quanghey it's Quang20 saatler önce
    • @hey it's Quang Because it was a treaty that officially ended our involvement thus the war was over. That means conflicts post treaty where not the same war on paper. And the North didn't start attacking two months later . They started the build up within two months. The VC may have started skirmishes but that wasn't the NVA that was a civilian militia technically. So they quite literally waited until the US left to actually launch their attack. The reason was simply because the US Air Force and Navy pilot's bombed the hell out of them proper to the draw down of US troops and assets in the country in accordance with the treaty.

      JLight2r1JLight2r121 saatler önce
    • @JLight2r1 dude the North started attacking 2 months later then in 1975 they took over. Also why should we listen to a piece of paper that had an agreement that was broken so soon?

      hey it's Quanghey it's Quang22 saatler önce

    HellbowHellbow4 saatler önce
  • Man this makes me think the US is the villain in the Vietnam war

    Yul KwonYul Kwon8 saatler önce
  • Unpopular oppinion: vietnam would be a stronger country today if the us won, look at south korea and japan, the two strongest countries in east asia besides china thanks to the extra US help/funds

    First name Last nameFirst name Last name8 saatler önce
  • To truly understand a conflict (if that's even possible) you must look at it from every angle

    bouse23bouse239 saatler önce
  • part of getting older is realizing america is almost always the bad guy

    dean moriartydean moriarty18 saatler önce
  • Epic Thumbnail made me click. Came for the cool artwork, stayed for the entertaining history narration featuring proper grammar 😆

    You Fight Not FleshYou Fight Not Flesh18 saatler önce
  • This comment section scares me at how much no one knows about their own countries.

    ConsphixConsphix20 saatler önce
  • Stubborn spirit is a fucking understatement. The vietnamese are a people of iron fucking will and sheer determination.

    Brian WilsonBrian Wilson22 saatler önce
  • Why do we call it colonialism and not slavery?

    Freddy GarciaFreddy GarciaGün önce
  • Saddest part about Vietnam is I think we could've made it an ally and capitalist country.

    Renegade AceRenegade AceGün önce
  • I like your animation. Its well done.

    EidelmaniaEidelmaniaGün önce
  • Excellent video and animations.

    Scott CScott CGün önce
  • What a load of crap...

    Sleeping BunniesSleeping BunniesGün önce
  • Story of Nguyen van dong's should be made into a movie.

    Sadiq Ahmed AbubakarSadiq Ahmed AbubakarGün önce
  • You have to point out that he is the son of a disgraced father! Why not only focus on the achievements of the son. I see Colonial mentality still persists.

    Sadiq Ahmed AbubakarSadiq Ahmed AbubakarGün önce
  • Not doing anything about it and later regretting. Classic amrican democracy dogshit, as for any 1st world countries and their sins of destablizing countries to profit is just disgusting to the core

    fly tiefly tieGün önce
  • Very fitting music, thank you for not ruining the message with silly sound!

    Ifleshandsteel #IGIfleshandsteel #IG2 gün önce
  • You left out some very important information 1)Hoo Chic min was in New York city listening to the teachings of Marcus Garvey and because of that they would let black soldiers free once captured they showed mercy to black soldiers telling them same same... Thanks to Marcus Garvey that saved black lives... Truth has come to you ~

    Maurice Muhammad_2Maurice Muhammad_22 gün önce
  • The truths is Vietnam never invaded any country’s...we always defended from superior invaders. we just wanted everyone be peacefully n happy .... it’s been too long we deserved to be independent.

    lam nguyenlam nguyen2 gün önce
    • Wrong. Vietnam has had a long history of conquest, especially against its other neighbors in the region. Let's not forget Emperor Le Thanh Tong's conquest and destruction of the Champa kingdom in the late 1400s. While it is true that Vietnam had to defend herself against foreign giants (even such as the Mongols), it is inaccurate to assume that Vietnam never had the desire to conquest as well.

      Justin LeJustin Le15 saatler önce
  • God bless Vietnam and its fearless defenders. Respect from Greece 🇬🇷

    shesaid destroyshesaid destroy2 gün önce

    SwedishHedgehogSwedishHedgehog2 gün önce
  • Lives wasted for nothing.

    darnell johnsondarnell johnson3 gün önce
  • Giỏi lắm

    Hữu Trung NguyễnHữu Trung Nguyễn3 gün önce
  • Hey it nice to see understanding my country Cause im vietnamese

    oof anatoroof anator3 gün önce
  • Thanks for your video.

    Thanh Luong NguyenThanh Luong Nguyen3 gün önce
  • the Japanese did more for Vietnam than the French ever did

    Right to LeftRight to Left3 gün önce
    • @Cardinal RG that’s it

      Right to LeftRight to Left3 gün önce
    • Yeah, and a kick in the shins is better than a punch in the what? What is your point?

      Cardinal RGCardinal RG3 gün önce
  • Amazing work! Please make videos about more American wars! Little biased as I am an American but still.

    LEOLEO3 gün önce
  • I feel so angry when I heard about the My Lai massacre.

    halogodhalogod4 gün önce
  • 🇻🇳🇻🇳🇻🇳

    opapergunneropapergunner4 gün önce
  • I is from vietnamese

    Vương Vũ thị hồngVương Vũ thị hồng4 gün önce
    • There is a channel Called Luna Oi, she is Vietnamese too

      Saul GoodmanSaul Goodman4 gün önce
  • Random US guy: hey guys, these trees is speaking Vietnamese

    SwT_SwT_4 gün önce
  • As a Vietnamese, i want to know how American learn about Vietnam war. This video is quite the same with how Vietnamese know about the war, so what your government tell you?

    ThangThang4 gün önce
  • From the communist's propaganda perspective or the North Vietnamese one ?

    swǝƃ ̇swǝƃ ̇4 gün önce
    • Is there any wrong information in the video?

      Bam booBam boo4 gün önce
  • Americans never fight fair.

    Maj TVMaj TV4 gün önce

    MACVSOGMACVSOG4 gün önce
  • 🇱🇦🇨🇺🇻🇳🇰🇵🇨🇳

    Boy SitBoy Sit4 gün önce
  • Surprised didn’t go into the Bay of Tonkin being a false flag to get US soldiers on the ground

    Fred AmersonFred Amerson5 gün önce
  • This video has been very well debunked, in an informed and reasoned way, here is the link for the purpose of fairness:

    Peter HardyPeter Hardy5 gün önce
  • American Revolution: *exists* Vietnamese fight for independence: *Hold my Declaration*

    dannydanny5 gün önce

    grimmer jxctsgrimmer jxcts5 gün önce
  • This was such a good and educational video. Thank you!

    Jake JonesJake Jones5 gün önce
  • I sympathize with the Vietnamese struggle for liberty. We gave quite a large Vietnamese diaspora here in the US.

    Ian DiazIan Diaz5 gün önce
  • The many wars the Vietnamese have gone through have turned them into a formidable warrior people. I have no doubt that if their country is ever occupied by an outside power that they will take to the jungle and fight another guerrilla war.

    WartrixWartrix6 gün önce
  • The problem with American Foreign Policy is this obsession with spreading "Democracy." Similar to the obsession Christian Missionaries have about the spreading the Gospel. We need to stop forcing onto people our beliefs and ways.

    Amit SalamAmit Salam6 gün önce
  • The US refuses to learn these hard lessons about prosecuting unjust wars...It may very well lead to our downfall, and maybe it should.

    Major League Minute ManMajor League Minute Man6 gün önce
  • Vietnam.... the Afganistan of Asia

    Niko WilliamsNiko Williams6 gün önce
    • Isn’t afganastan technically in Asia thou

      chris zanottichris zanotti6 gün önce
  • After 1968 the Viet Cong were decimated and after a failed attempt to invade the South in 1972 the North signed a Peace Agreement with the US after being bombed into submission! In 1975 the North invaded the South again and when US Democrat led Congress refused to assist the South as promised they were overun! Th e US Military Mission in South Vietnam was to not let the North overun the South and this was accomplished while US Military were stationed ni the South til 1973 !Never did the US Military ever invade the North by land !

    Daniel O'RileyDaniel O'Riley6 gün önce
    • Because they couldn't, Chinese would jump in like they did in Korea

      Bam booBam boo4 gün önce
    • _"!Never did the US Military ever invade the North by land !"_ The US military invaded the South by land and air.

      1968weedsmoke1968weedsmoke5 gün önce
  • Domino "theory"? I've never heard of it being a theory. It's part of the communist manifesto... The fact that it didn't occur simply means Vietnam was influenced by communism but not actually communist

    Anti-Nihilist EntertainmentAnti-Nihilist Entertainment6 gün önce
    • @Anti-Nihilist Entertainment The US called it "Domino Theory." He probably called it such since that was the terminology used in the US at the time. He himself may have thought the communist threat was an overreaction, but it doesn't really matter since saying "Domino Theory" would be the appropriate word to use in this context.

      SundudeSundude3 gün önce
    • @chris zanotti the whole point of going to Vietnam was to prevent that whole region of Asia from coming under Chinese or Russian manipulation, and becoming militarized for the sole purpose of spreading their ideologies to other countries. Uniting the would under the same ideology isn't exactly a bad thing, unless that ideology is a military minded, defacto dictatorship. That would just breed more war and oppression/suffering for their citizens in the future. Now just because Vietnam didn't have that entire ideology, doesn't mean any country could've known that back then. Up to that point communism was the same for every country that ever converted. This whole thing I just said was said to be a "theory" in this video, and he wanted to retroactively make it sound like the communist threat was an overreaction, even though it totally wasn't at the time.

      Anti-Nihilist EntertainmentAnti-Nihilist Entertainment5 gün önce
    • even if what you said is true, so what lol what does that change

      chris zanottichris zanotti6 gün önce
  • Basically no mention of China Uuuuuuuh excuse me?

    Anti-Nihilist EntertainmentAnti-Nihilist Entertainment6 gün önce
  • 4:54 ...huh? What? Russia wasn't very colonialistic until they were communist.

    Anti-Nihilist EntertainmentAnti-Nihilist Entertainment6 gün önce
  • I know you are not Vietnamese, but here is how you pronounce My Lai (because I'm bored). My is like 'me' and Lai is like 'I'

    Funky KunxFunky Kunx6 gün önce
  • My father fought the north Vietnamese was shot by a machine gun and survived and got a metal. Was honorably discharged and I love him to this day. He was given a folded American flag for his heroism. You guys can disagree but idrk.

    GoldBobcat 402GoldBobcat 4026 gün önce
  • Too bad Truman was such a putz

    BMX To This worldBMX To This world6 gün önce
  • People lie about history an war other people around world have the don't know America is plastic of lies

    dion Nelsondion Nelson7 gün önce
    • Huh So ppl lie about war n history, but not you, are we supposed to believe you

      chris zanottichris zanotti6 gün önce
  • I am Vietnamese. I love my country. We love peace. If our country was invaded, they might have to fight over 60 million people. Unless all atomic bombs are dropped all over the country.

    Lion KingLion King7 gün önce
  • Vì sao Hàn Quốc từ một nước nghèo nàn, lạc hậu, bị tàn phá nặng nề bởi chiến tranh, chỉ sau 3 thập kỷ đã vươn lên top những nền kinh tế phát triển nhất thế giới? Đó là một phép màu hay là sự nỗ lực làm việc tới quên mình của cả một dân tộc, sự thay đổi đường hướng phát triển kinh tế và sẵn sàng đánh đổi cả mạng sống vì lý tưởng lớn của giới lãnh đạo tinh hoa?

    김동준김동준7 gün önce
  • Hmm not totally convinced that this was a North Vietnamese perspective

    WalrusWalrus7 gün önce
    • @Walrus :v

      Bam booBam boo4 gün önce
    • @Bam boo Bamboozled

      WalrusWalrus4 gün önce
    • It is not anyone perspective. Just thing u dont learn in school..

      Bam booBam boo4 gün önce
  • USA manipulated the start of the Vietnam War, which is what the USA does best. Manipulate, lie, and deceive . The only thing that is supposed to be French, is France.. No French Indochina, no French Madagascar, no western European colonialism. Nato the North Atlantic terrorists organization.

    MrJDuroMrJDuro7 gün önce
  • America in Vietnam is the equivalent of losing an argument but continuing to argue on principle. They had no real business being there but it became a matter of national pride, so they kept killing and dying.

    Jason LastJason Last7 gün önce
  • my wife is Vietnamese. Growing up in Quang Ngai province, at school she was taught what a great man Ho was. And how the communists militarily defeated the Americans. When she migrated to Australia and discovered real freedom, she realized what a load of BS the communist propaganda machine was. Unfortunately, too many Vietnamese were conned into fighting against the Americans...believing they were fighting for the 'freedom and independence' of Vietnam, instead they were fighting to install a totalitarian communist regime who have proven to be brutal towards its own people. Today, Vietnam is prospering with a fast growing open economy.....the irony.....the exact same thing the communists were fight against. South Vietnam could've been in the same position 40 years ago. My parents from Poland learnt not to trust communists 70 years ago.

    Wall Street Hamster 9255Wall Street Hamster 92557 gün önce

    William JohnsonWilliam Johnson7 gün önce
  • My grandfather fought in Vietnam he said they were never meant to win just test out the governments new toys.

    Jonathan ShortJonathan Short8 gün önce
  • Yet to fully heal? What chu talking about bruh? Have you visit Vietnam? We stopped covid btw

    Stir FriedStir Fried8 gün önce
  • any BOCW players

    Bigleader1337Bigleader13378 gün önce
  • How do you explain the Boats people after the "Liberation" of South Vietnam ? It seems that you forgot something in your "Arm chair".

    Dominique AubinatDominique Aubinat8 gün önce
    • @Dominique Aubinat definitely has something with communist economy, especial removing bourgeois. The country was starving, not everyone were sent to re-education camp.

      Bam booBam boo3 gün önce
    • @Bam boo It wasn't a question of economy but the fear to be sent in re-education camp. Remember that all communist governements are no "friendly" with liberty

      Dominique AubinatDominique Aubinat3 gün önce
    • Because of communist economy, and the sanction by US and China.

      Bam booBam boo4 gün önce
  • Okay now i hate usa.

    pavels7723 Lepsspavels7723 Lepss8 gün önce

      A WGA WG7 gün önce
  • Vì sao Việt Nam lại chiến đấu nhiều như vậy ? đơn giản chỉ một điều đó là " Độc lập cho tổ quốc tôi,Tự do cho nhân dân tôi " !

    RES VietnamRES Vietnam8 gün önce
  • or if you actually want the Vietnamese perspective ...

    Bradley AlexanderBradley Alexander8 gün önce
  • Have to comment how great the animation is Low the comicbookesque style

    Jack SchneiderJack Schneider8 gün önce
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