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    • Why did US forces fail to break the Vietcong?
      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_Sji9OhAuI&feature=fvwrel
      • What tactics did the Vietcong use?
      • Why were they effective?
      • What was the response of the US army?
      • Why did this lead to more support for the Vietcong?
    • What methods were used by the Vietcong?
      • Take each source at a time and explain how it demonstrates the effectiveness of guerrilla tactics.
      • The US failed to deal with the guerrilla tactics used by the Vietcong. Can you suggest any change of strategy to better deal with these tactics?
      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azxnc1nDkos
      • Why did the US’ superior technology not defeat the Vietcong?
      • What can you learn from sources E, F and G about the strengths and Weaknesses of the Vietcong?
      • What can you learn from Source H about the Vietcong tunnels?
      • A bit of Skills work:
      • What message is the cartoonist trying to get across in Source D?
      • Study source E what reaction would there be to this picture in the US?
      • What can you learn from Source F about the US army in Vietnam?
      • Look at Sources D, F and G. Which is the best representation of the US involvement in Vietnam and why? (use the detail on the cards and previous knowledge to help with your answer).
    • Strengths and Weaknesses of the North Vietnam/Vietcong
      • Strengths:
      • In 1965 the Vietcong had 170.000 soldiers. The north Vietnam government conscripted and every year sent 100,000 troops south.
      • They had causes to fight for – communism and reunification of Vietnam.
      • They were prepared to accept heavy losses. Between 500,000 and 900,000 died during the war.
      • They knew the terrain and were skill in guerrilla and jungle warfare.
      • The south Vietnamese peasants supported them as they had been alienated by Diem’s government and the US search and destroy
      • They were supplied with $2 billion of equipment by Communist China and Soviet Union (8000 aircraft guns and 200 anti-aircraft missile sites from Soviets alone)
      • Vietcong bases were well hidden and booby trapped.
      • Weaknesses:
      • Not everyone in North Vietnam was enthusiastic about reunification. There was long running rivalry between North and South Vietnam.
      • The Vietcong lacked US air power and military resources.
      THINK: Which is the greatest strength; Physical resources (weapons, men, equipments) OR Hearts and Minds (belief and support)
    • How Vietnam Was Lost BBC documentary
      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNidPJZTw-g&NR=1
      • Great for reaction in US – after Summer