Nice video summary of the war...

Resources examining the Vietnam War as a whole...

//A series of Podcasts on Vietnam. NOT designed for the New Zealand curriculum but still useful!//

Identity Essay Resources for Vietnam

You will find a combination of links to exemplars for Identity essays and places to get more information on the Viet Cong and Ho Chi Minh. I hope you find it helps to flesh out your research for the essay assignment!

What is the difference between the Viet Minh and the Viet Cong?

Ho Chi Minh formed the Viet Minh in 1941. The Viet Minh were the nationalist soldiers who fought against the Japanese during World War Two. The Viet Minh were headed by Ho Chi Minh and the former school teacher, General Giap. The Viet Minh were also the force that fought against France for their independence between 1947 and 1954 when the French were defeated at Dien Bien Phu.

When the Geneva Conference divided Vietnam 10,000 Viet Minh soldiers remained in South Vietnam. In 1960 the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam was formed. The 10,000 former Viet Minh soldiers made up the core of the new organisation. The NLF was supported by Ho Chi Minh and included many non-communists who wanted to overthrow the Diem regime. The term Viet Cong is a shortening of the Vietnamese way of saying 'Vietnamese communist". Diem used the term to dismiss opposition to him.

Viet Minh
Viet Cong
Full Name
Viet Nam Doc Lap Dong Minh
National Liberation Front of South Vietnam
May 1941
December 1960
Famous conflicts
Fought the Japanese, Guerrilla and Mobile Warfare attacks on French forces, Dien Bien Phu
Guerilla campaigns/assassination attacks on Diem's regime, Tet Offensive
Where active
National up until Geneva Conference (mainly in the north)
South Vietnam during the Vietnam War
Example of a Merit Identity Essay on Nazi Germany

Useful sites for more information

Time Magazines article on Ho Chi Minh - long but well-written and informative!

Wikipedia article on Viet Cong (quite a useful overview at the time the link was made!)

Good bio of Ho Chi Minh and summary of Viet Cong methods

Encyclopedia entry on the Viet Cong

Links to recommended websites on Vietnamese leaders and groups

Time Magazine's profile of Ho Chi Minh
__Ho Chi Minh biography on the excellent Spartacus school website...__

Brief but informative article on the Viet Minh

Early history and resistance

Le Loi - Early Vietnamese nationalist hero

French Rule in Vietnam

Encyclopedia Brittanica article on French rule in Vietnam. The language is at quite a high level but it has excellent information on how the French exploited the Vietnamese.

The formation of communist parties in Vietnam

From Dien Bien Phu to the Diem Regime

The battle of Dien Bien Phu

From the Geneva Conference to the Diem Regime
Dien Bien Phu

Reasons for the downfall of the Diem regime

Diem and religion

Diem's Policies and the growth of the Viet Cong

The Democratic Republic Of Vietnam (the Communist North)

Extensive notes on how the Viet Minh expressed their communist beliefs in government.

US Intervention in Vietnam

This is a very simple and clear summary of the U.S. intervention in Vietnam (Thank you BBC!)

Why President Kennedy sent troops to Vietnam

US methods versus Viet Cong Methods

Very detailed table describing the actions taken by each U.S. President and the events that occurred in Vietnam during his Presidency (covers up to Johnson).

The Tet Offensive

The Dear America Series

Protest songs and the Vietnam War