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Turning Points in the Vietnam War

By Viv Sanders | Published in History Review 2008 
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Viv Sanders takes issue with some all too common assumptions.

Viet Cong troops pose with new AK-47 assault rifles and American field radiosThere are two major issues concerning turning points in the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War, both involving chronology. First, when and how did the US become irrevocably committed to large-scale intervention? Second, when did it become obvious that the US would have to de-escalate?


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