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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

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction Contingency Planning in Turbulent Times
Source:
The War after the War
Author(s):

Johannes Kadura

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801453960.003.0001

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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