“I have asked General Westmoreland what he needs to meet his mounting aggression. He has told me. And we will meet his needs… We will stand in Vietnam.” Lyndon B. Johnson (1908 to 1973) Lyndon Baines Johnson, also called LBJ, was the 36th president of the United States (1963-69). A moderate Democrat and vigorous leader… Read More
“The bastards have never been bombed like they’re going to be bombed this time.” Richard Nixon (1913 to 1994), during the 1972 North Vietnamese Easter Offensive Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th president of the United States (1969-74), who, faced with almost certain impeachment for his role in the Watergate scandal, became the first American… Read More
“It is impossible for Westerners to understand the force of the people’s will to resist, and to continue to resist. The struggle of the people exceeds the imagination. It has astonished us too.” Pham Van Dong (1906 to 2000) An architect of Vietnam’s communist revolution, he was prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam… Read More
“Whether in attacking, counterattacking, or defensive tactics, the idea of attacking should remain central, to always keep the initiative.” Vo Nguyen Giap (1911 to 2013) Võ Nguyên Giáp was a general in the Vietnam People’s Army and a politician. He is considered one of the greatest military strategists of the 20th century.
“Vietnam attempts a delicate strategic balancing act Near the point where Vietnam bulges deepest into the South China Sea lies Cam Ranh Bay, perhaps the finest natural deep water harbour in South-East Asia. France based a fleet there in colonial times. Russian ships made use of it in the Russo-Japanese war, Japanese ones during the second world war… Read More