The Vietnam War was a brutal war for everyone involved. There were many American and Vietnam deaths alike. The U.S went into Vietnam with the goal of preventing the spread of communism. The authors of the secondary sources in Thinking Through the Past, George Herring and Loren Baritz argue why the U.S failed in Vietnam. According to those two articles, there were many causes for why the U.S failed in the Vietnam War, including our lack of plan, our over confidence in our capabilities, and fighting a war with little support from our people.
The Vietnam War was a traumatic experience for everyone that fought on the ground. American soldiers were up close and personal with the Viet Cong (enemy) which made them live in constant fear for their lives. They never knew how they would die or when they would take their last breath, and this thought was always in the back of their minds. The Vietnam War was very brutal, and the amount of death from both sides was enormous. Tim O’Brien’s story “The Things They Carried” is an accurate description of the Vietnam War.
Tactics in Vietnam were an important factor in the victory of the Vietcong over the U.S. There were fundamental differences in their fighting methods, which the Vietcong were able to take full advantage of. The Vietcong used Guerrilla warfare, this meant that they used their knowledge of the area they were fighting in to hinder the U.S. The U.S army had been used to conventional warfare, in the form of bouts of fighting. Guerrilla warfare meant that they had to be constantly alert and Booby traps meant that many soldiers died and witnessed horrific deaths.
So... ... middle of paper ... ...mrades having their legs blown off by booby traps, or their allies being picked off by hidden snipers. These soldiers did not understand the language of their enemy and many attempts at communication would be misunderstood and commands intended by Americans would receive a different reaction. Furthermore, the American forces knew that they were in a hostile area because the Vietcong friendly National Liberation Freedom Committee had publically announced that Vietcong attacks against U.S. forces had taken place in the area before the My Lai incident. In the disillusioned world of Vietnam the hamlet of My Lai was leveled. It was brutal yes, but the American soldiers were in a war unlike that of any America had experienced before.
The guerrilla warfare was unlike anything our soldiers have ever seen before. The soldiers were in combat with enemies that hide right under their nose on a daily basis. These books unveiled the deep truth of the soldiers personal experiences and showed us that the war affected the soldiers no matter what side of the battlefield they were fighting for and the ideals each of them personally had. The Vietnam War impacted soldiers in many different ways. Most soldiers witnessed gruesome violence and lost friends to the horrors of war on both sides during battles.
This made it impossible for the U.S to be entirely victorious against the Viet Cong. It was hard to tell the difference between civilians and Viet Cong, as they did not wear uniforms. A lot of the time innocent civilians and peasant would be killed instead of the Viet Cong. The Viet Cong would use ambushes and set up booby traps. Whenever the Americans would try and attack the Viet Cong would retreat.
Lastly, the NVA were logistically superior to the United States. According to John M. Van Dyke’s Northern Vietnam’s Strategy for Survival, the NVA were often armed with black market weapons, and even captured U.S. weapons like the Thompson submac... ... middle of paper ... ... since the onset of the Cold War. The United States was ultimately doomed to lose in Vietnam. Unable to gain enough public support, the war dragged on as the anti-war ideas further circulated and festered in the homes, TVs, radios, and newspapers of the U.S. public. The United States military was unprepared to fight a guerilla war against a highly nationalistic, motivated enemy.
The powerful United States government made the decision to enter the war, despite many Americans’ opposition. O’Brien’s The Things They Carried applies New Historicism elements, including Vietnam history recovery and the political power of the United States that affected history. The Things They Carried describes real objects American soldiers carried during the war. They carried an M-60, a .45-caliber pistol, an assault rifle, ammunition, compass, maps, code books, the PRC-25 radio, sandbags, tanning lotion, toilet paper, tranquilizers, rabbit’s foot, Purple Hearts, diseases, the wounded, the weak, and the land itself. Many soldiers experienced horrific events in Vietnam.
Secondly, the Vietcong’s base camp was located underground; this means their position was hard to be detected, so they could defend themselves and attack whenever they think was appropriate. Thirdly, Vietcong have good team spirit and morale. The fourth thing is the psychological impact. As the Americans couldn’t defeat the Vietcong, their morale was bad and they were feared by them because the Vietcong hid in forest areas and they know the enemy’s position whereas the Americans didn’t. They were also fear if there are any traps as they were fighting in the jungle.
My Review of Full Metal Jacket In Stanley Kubrick’s film Full Metal Jacket, the emphasis is spotlighted on the carnage of boot camp and the soldier’s life in Vietnam. The life of a soldier is not an easy one, as it requires great diligence and much sacrifice to ensure the safety and freedom to all those who are afraid and those who seek it. Stanley Kubrick makes sure that we see the harshness and ugliness of the Vietnam War as it was made to be seen. The movie starts with the life of boot camp, getting marines ready to be sent and fight over in Vietnam. The relationship between Private Joker and Private Pyle appears when the Drill Sergeant Hartman makes Private Joker the squad leader.