What happened in Vietnam in 1940s?
September 1940: Japanese troops invade French Indochina and occupy Vietnam with little French resistance. May 1941: Ho Chi Minh and communist colleagues establish the League for the Independence of Vietnam. Known as the Viet Minh, the movement aims to resist French and Japanese occupation of Vietnam.
Who were the Vietnamese against after WWII?
Hours after Japan’s surrender in World War II, Vietnamese communist Ho Chi Minh declares the independence of Vietnam from France.
Why did the US support the Viet Minh?
The USA was afraid that communism would spread to South Vietnam and then the rest of Asia. It decided to send money, supplies and military advisers to help the South Vietnamese Government.
Why did the US oppose Ho Chi Minh?
Ho Chi Minh was a communist, wanted reunification of Vietnam, of which S. Vietnam was under US control/supervision, and the US did not want a spread of communism through Asia, fearing a communist takeover.
Who were the Viet Minh and the Viet Cong?
Elements of the Viet Minh joined with the Viet Cong against the U.S.-supported government of South Vietnam and the United States in the Vietnam War (or Second Indochina War) of the late 1950s, the ’60s, and the early ’70s.
Why did the UK not fight in Vietnam?
Once the confrontation had ended late in 1966, the Labour government was still unwilling to send troops to Vietnam, suggesting that the refusal had more to do with domestic politics than with international issues.