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The War after the WarThe Struggle for Credibility during America's Exit from Vietnam$
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Johannes Kadura

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453960

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453960.001.0001

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Contingency Planning in Turbulent Times

Contingency Planning in Turbulent Times

(p.1) Introduction Contingency Planning in Turbulent Times
The War after the War

Johannes Kadura

Cornell University Press

This introductory chapter presents North Vietnam's invasion of South Vietnam—an incident that happened two years after their cease-fire agreement, which was documented in the 1973 Paris Peace Agreement. On April 30, 1975, the North Vietnamese Army, riding in the Soviet-made T-54 tanks, infiltrated the South Vietnam Presidential Palace to arrest Pres. Duong Van Minh. Against the backdrop of this event, Washington leaders had declared in 1973 that, through the cease-fire agreement, the United States could successfully avoid further causalities in the war against North Vietnam, while keeping South Vietnam intact. Given this declaration, the event posed a serious challenge for Washington policymakers trying not to lose ground in the Cold War.

Keywords:   North Vietnam, South Vietnam, cease-fire agreement, T-54 tanks, Presidential Palace, Duong Van Minh, United States, Washington leaders, Paris Peace Agreement

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