Weapons of War and Guerrilla Fighting in Vietnam



American Warfare Videos  

--a new product used in Vietnam, known as napalm, was a highly flammable sticky jelly used in incendiary bombs and flamethrowers, consisting of gasoline thickened with special soaps.   Napalm will be banned for use on civilian populations by the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) in 1980.  Click here to see it being used in Vietnam by American troops.

--often referred to as Agent Orange (or sometimes Agent Blue), was an odorless, colorless pesticide used by American troops to kill foliage in Vietnam.  It's purpose was not to kill humans, but to kill trees and other growth that might hide the enemy.  Click here to see it being sprayed on all areas in South Vietnam.

-- one of the most unique and well used weapons of war during Vietnam was the UH-1 helicopter, commonly referred to as a "Huey".  Watch this video clip and think about ways in which this product was especially needed in this country in this war.

Guerrilla Warfare by the Viet Cong

--One of the biggest challenges in Vietnam for American troops was being unfamiliar and often outmatched with the fighting methods of the enemy.   Click here to watch Viet Cong video (first 6 minutes only) of training in what is known as guerrilla warfare.   Pay close attention to the examples, as you will need to describe them in detail.  Make sure the CC captioning is turned on.

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