What Led to the Start of the Vietnam War?

The Vietnam War (1955-1975) was fought between Communist North Vietnam, supported by the Soviet Union and China, and South Vietnam, supported by the United States. The bloody conflict had its roots in French colonial rule and an independence movement led by communist leader Ho Chi Minh.

Vietnam was a battleground during the Cold War, when the United States and the Soviet Union fought for world domination. At the end of the war, northern and southern Vietnam would be reunited, but at a high price. Here are six events that led to the Vietnam War.


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