Vietnam War

Historical background


Formal American involvement in the Second Indochina War began in September 1950 with the arrival of the Military Assistance Advisory Group Vietnam (MAAGV). MAAG's role was to supervise the US military equipment which was being used to support the French in their effort to fight the Viet Minh.

JFK and the American build-up

American advisory involvement started when France was forced to surrender the northern half of Vietnam and to withdraw from South Vietnam in April of 1956. By 1961 it was apparent the terms of the Geneva Agreements were not being abided by, and the ARVN found itself in engagements which were increasing both in size and intensity throughout South Vietnam.

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