Cold War: How and why America got out of Vietnam Return to the case study menu
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Comprehension
6a Write your own brief summary of the scenes in this clip.

Analysis and Interpretation 6b What does the clip tell you about:
  • US technology and tactics
  • The problems facing the US forces?

6c What does the clip tell you about:

  • Viet Cong technology and tactics
  • The qualities of the Viet Cong as fighters?

6c Do you regard this clip as shocking? Is it because of the images shown or the way they are shown?


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The Big Question
Look at your answers to the questions on source 6.
What does Source 6 suggest about why the USA found it hard to get out of Vietnam?
Does it provide evidence of military, political or both types of factors?
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British news report on the nature of the fighting in Vietnam, 1969 (ITN Archive).

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British news report on the nature of the fighting in Vietnam, 1969