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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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The X Plus 60 Period

The X Plus 60 Period

Chapter:
(p.30) 2 The X Plus 60 Period
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The War after the War
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Johannes Kadura

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801453960.003.0003

This chapter presents the X plus 60, the day when Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker and General Frederick Weyand officially disbanded the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV)—the command structure of more than half a million troops. The day also marked the start of the continual cease-fire violations of both North and South Vietnam, in what came to be known as the “war of the flags.” The two countries' military activities centered on land-grabbing operations as the two forces tried to extend their control over South Vietnamese territory. On that note, the Paris Peace Agreement may have provoked those ongoing clashes since the agreement featured a leopard-spot arrangement that left the zones of control undefined.

Keywords:   X plus 60, Ellsworth Bunker, Frederick Weyand, MACV, cease-fire violations, South Vietnam, North Vietnam, Paris Peace Agreement

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