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Evaluatethe Vietnam war and why the Americans lost.

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´╗┐The Guerrilla warfare was the one of the main factor that leads to the defeat of the Americans; however I personally believe that there are more important factors like the American mistakes which lead to the US defeat, however the guerrilla tactics were also very important as it meant that Vietnamese troops were very difficult to kill which meant America struggled. The guerrilla warfare tactics were a very important factor which lead to the defeat of the Americans , the Vietcong troops were experienced fighters that didn?t wear uniform and had no form of military base; this meant that the Americans couldn?t identify their enemy thus preventing the Americans from causing any damage, quote by Ben Walsh :?they were hard to tell apart from the villages?. In addition to this the Vietcong troops understood the terrain very well which allowed them to move freely around the country; they used the tunnels and the jungle to their advantage, so they could hide when they were confronted this is important because it meant that American soldiers couldn?t attack the enemy, because of this Americans were exposed and couldn?t use their more advanced weaponry. Previously the Vietcong had fought a war against France ,during this war the Vietcong had used the same approach; this was very important because ...read more.

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the American troops were poorly trained; this is very important because it meant that the search and destroy tactics would be even worsened because inexperienced troops would consistently fall into the Vietnamese traps; furthermore this lack of experience meant that most troops didn?t understand the concept behind the guerrilla tactics so they would walk right into their enemy?s plan by chasing the enemy until they tired themselves out and exposed themselves, however this wasn?t the only consequence of having an inexperienced battalion but also the fact that many soldiers which were drafted and suffered from depression and other mental disorders due to the circumstances they were fighting in; this lead to really low morale and many soldiers were committing suicide and drug abuse, this lowered America?s chances as many squadrons could not trust each other and this lead to many soldiers not wanting to be there and fragging their general or commander which clearly reduces America?s chances since the general and commander?s direct the squadron and by eliminating them the squad would have no leadership so many soldiers were fighting without any clear strategy because their leader had been fragged thus reducing effectiveness and leading to defeat troops however I personally believe this only had a slight impact on the outcome of the war because if ...read more.

Conclusion

the failure of the war which means that poor military strategy, American mistakes and guerrilla tactics lead to the peace movement thus making those factors more important, however the peace movement did enhance the effects of those factors by adding pressure into the government thus meaning that the American government had to deal with internal and external thus making the whole situation even harder. In conclusion i believe that the guerrilla warfare played a huge role in the American defeat as it was a great strategy for the situation as it took advantage of the terrain and experience of the troops thus causing many casualties through booby traps and ambushes, however I don?t believe it?s the most important reason as the American?s contributed to their own defeat by using a poor strategy ?search and destroy? which exposed their troops and caused many casualties through booby traps as they had to explore an unknown land filled with traps, i personally believe that if the Americans had used a different approach the outcome of the war would have been very different as a more successful battle would have lead to less opposition and this would have probably prevented the peace movement and given the American?s more time to continue fighting as the government wouldn?t have faced internal opposition. ...read more.

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