Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

The Vietnam War Chronicles 1945-1975

DVD - 2005
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The Vietnam War has provided plenty of inspiration for film director's who are eager to bring the epic battle to the screen. This seven-part program takes a different approach and speaks to actual veterans who fought in the war, as well as showing some impressive vintage footage from the era.
Publisher: [Port Washington, N.Y.] : KOCH Vision, [2005]
Edition: DVD edition Enhanced.
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9781417229208
1417229209
Branch Call Number: 959.7043 H3512
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (419 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.

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akirakato
Mar 14, 2016

This is a 7-hour 3-DVD documentary about the Vietnam War.
The film will show the answers to most, if not all, of your questions about the Vietnam War.
From the start of the Vietnam War, CIA had played a major role.
The first CIA mission to Indochina, under the code name "Saigon Military Mission" arrived in 1954, under Edward Lansdale.
Sometime between 1959 and 1961 the CIA started Project "Tiger"---a program of dropping South Vietnamese agents into North Vietnam to gather intelligence.
These were a tragic failure.
The Deputy Chief for Project Tiger, Captain Do Van Tien, admitted that he was an agent for Hanoi.
On August 23, 1963, after being approached by a South Vietnamese General, JFK ordered the newly appointed South Vietnamese Ambassador to make detailed plans for Diem's replacement.
Kennedy's Cabinet was dubious about the coup, but it took place and JFK would come to regret it.
Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, a longtime political opponent of JFK, was jealous that the CIA station in Saigon had more money, power, and people than his staff.
JFK reinforced the US army in Vietnam, but later he realized his mistake and tried to withdraw the forces from Vietnam, which angered General LeMay, who was behind the assassination of JFK.
Earlier JFK had pissed off General LeMay because he rejected LeMay's air attack during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.
LeMay clashed with JFK and Defense Secretary McNamara, arguing that he should be allowed to bomb nuclear missile sites in Cuba.
LeMay regarded JFK as an unqualified commander-in-chief.
After the assasination, LeMay advocated a sustained strategic bombing campaign against North Vietnamese cities, harbors, ports, shipping, and other strategic targets.
LeMay even said, "We’re going to bomb North Vietnam back into the Stone Age."
However, Johnson didn't take his advice because of the mounting ant-Vietnam War movement in America.
Instead, an incremental policy was implemented that focused on limited interdiction bombing of fluid enemy supply corridors in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.
This limited campaign failed to destroy significant quantities of enemy war supplies or diminish enemy ambitions.
Bombing limitations were imposed by President Lyndon Johnson for geopolitical reasons, as he surmised that bombing Soviet and Chinese ships in port and killing Soviet advisers would bring the Soviets and Chinese more directly into the war.

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jaqmartial
Jan 24, 2016

Good summary of the events from WWII to the end of the Vietnam conflict. Includes some review of Indochina and the French conflict. Too bad that the first DVD is damaged between 25 - 27 minutes. Notes have been left with the DVDs for the librarians to check.

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