Anti-Communists - USA, United Nations, ARVN, Royal Lao Army
Communists - NVA, Khmer Rouge, Pathet Lao, Viet Cong
The U.S. 7th fleet in the Gulf of Tonkin may attack the North Vietnamese coastline, indicated by the arrows, but the coastline cannot attack back. The star represent the start of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The country at the start of the trail can attack the four countries in South Vietnam indicated by the arrows at the end of each branch of the trail. However, the countries in South Vietnam can not attack back. There is a demarcation line between North and South Vietnam. You can not attack over this line. Will the North Vietnamese honor this?
After the Japanese defeat in WWII, the Viet Minh, Communist forces within Vietnam, immediately set up a government in Vietnam. However, the French wanted their old colony back, and were unwilling to accept Vietnamese independence. The French were successful at pushing the Communist forces out of the southern half of Vietnam, but the Viet Minh soon retreated into the hills to regroup and began employing guerilla tactics against the French. In response, the French began a massive build-up of the fort at Dien Bien Phu. The Viet Minh surrounded the fort and laid siege for several months. Tired and badly outnumbered the French position was finally overrun in a decisive battle. The French pulled out of the region.
In accordance with the peace accords, Vietnam remained split at the 17th parallel. A Communist government was formed in the north, while a democratic one was formed in the south. Enter the United States, who opposed the Communist government in the north and supported the rabidly anti-Communist government of Ngo Dinh Diem, in the south. Diem began efforts to suppress all Communist activity, refused to allow elections, and outwardly opposed any unification under a Communist government.
The Viet Minh have once again been called into action as unrest has spread throughout the impoverished country. Now Communist agitators from the North, Vietcong, are infiltrating South Vietnam and regular North Vietnamese regiments are poised to intervene. The U.S. has signed a treaty with South Vietnam, pledging support. President Lyndon Johnson has ordered combat-ready troops into Vietnam. Stop the Vietcong and Viet Minh from taking control of South Vietnam! Indo-china must not fall to the Communists! Employ any force necessary!
"No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now." --Richard Nixon
"You can kill ten of my men for every one I kill of yours, but even at those odds, you will lose and I will win." --Ho Chi Minh
"It became necessary to destroy the town in order to save it." --Unidentified U.S. army Major
Created by Mark Bauer. Version 1.0 released May 2, 2011.
Vietnam War is a Map for the computer game Lux Alliance.
Available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
65 MB download.