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Why the United States withdrew its forces from Vietnamin 1973.

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GCSE Vietnam 1954-1975

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History Coursework: Why the United States withdrew its forces from Vietnam in 1973

By Ross Aylard

It was a tremendous shock that a superpower like the USA could not defeat a small country like North Vietnam. A large range of reasons have been given for losing the war, such as Americas inadequate leadership, too much reliance on airpower, the soldiers were inexperienced, the Vietcong's will power, the media and public opinion, inappropriate technology used by the USA and the Domino theory. I will be exploring many of these points in detail to see why America withdrew in Vietnam.

America had a huge problem recognizing the Vietcong. The Vietcong didn't wear uniforms, which meant they could easily mix with ordinary people. Added to this, many South Vietnamese supported the Vietcong because the South Vietnamese government was very unpopular. This meant they could hide in villages, towns and even the capital Saigon, and attack without warning. This made it very difficult to recognize the Vietcong, so they were unable to arrest or kill them. They soldiers had to make difficult decisions and often risked the chance of mistaking the Vietcong for Joe Pub Lic. These were the sorts

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