The comprehensive electronic campaign against the ho-chi-minh trail received the code name igloo white beginning in 1968 it formed the backbone of a series of operations titled commando hunt, which sought to interdict communist logistics around the clock from the air. Ho and his viet minh forces were victorious against the french in the first indochina war in the second indochina war, known in the united states as the vietnam war, he led the north vietnamese in an effort to expel us forces, crush the south vietnamese government, and reunify the country. The hồ chí minh trail (also known in vietnam as the trường sơn trail) was a logistical system that ran from the democratic republic of vietnam (north vietnam) to the republic of vietnam (south vietnam) through the kingdoms of laos and cambodia. The ho chi minh trail not only connected north and south vietnam during a brutal war but also aided vietnamese soldiers the trail shaved nearly five months of time off of the trip and was used as. Ho chi minh journeyed to moscow and sought soviet military backing for his war of independence against the french but stalin, whose attentions were concentrated on europe, rejected his overtures stalin instead encouraged his communist ally, mao zedong, to support the viet minh.
The ho chi minh trail was a logistical system that ran from the democratic republic of vietnam (north vietnam) to the republic of vietnam (south vietnam) through the neighboring kingdoms of laos and cambodia. The story begins with the tet offensive in 1968, when the author's father―a high ranking civil servant―was captured and marched up the ho chi minh trail as the war finished, nguyen qui duc fled saigon, leaving behind his father in captivity and his mother with his mentally ill sister. In may 1959, ho authorized the creation of the 559th transport group, which reconstructed and operated the ho chi minh trail the trail had been in place since the second world war.
The ho chi minh trail enabled the north vietnamese to keep communist forces fighting in south vietnam it grew from a humble foot trail in 1959 to an enormous 20,000km network of truck roads, foot trails and river ways by the war's conclusion. This entry was posted in 1965-1973 combat phase, historical perspective, pre-1965 involvement, the communists and tagged communists, ho chi minh trail, invasion, logistics, war on september 21, 2015 by blogadmin. Later in the war, the communists moved the headquarters for the entire war effort in the south, the central office of south vietnam (cosvn), to cambodia. The roles of the ho chi minh trail for the victory of the north in the vietnam war 809 words | 4 pages during the peak of the cold war, the us and ussr were the two world superpowers, going head to head in proxy wars around the world. Supply routes ran over the border through the remote mountain regions of laos and cambodia, and would later come to be known as the ho chi minh trail to get this problem under control it was decided to recruit mercenaries for the war against communism from amongst the native hmong hill tribes.
The ho chi minh trail was described in the national security agency's official history of the vietnam war as one of the great achievements of military engineering in the 20th century. The land route, eventually nicknamed the ho chi minh trail, grew to hundreds of miles of roads, laboriously cut into the jungle through neighboring laos and cambodia in some areas, the trail was built up to semi-improved highways crawling with soviet and chinese-supplied trucks. The blood road: the ho chi minh trail and the vietnam war [john prados] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers enormously illuminating john prados can lead a reader, from the battle buff to the expert, through the series of campaigns near the dmz and along route 9 better than any other author i have read . In february 1971 south vietnamese and us troops invaded laos in an attempt to sever the ho chi minh trail this resulted in a further intensification of anti-war activity the largest demonstrations were held on april 24, 1971.
Ho chi minh trail page content between 1959 and 1975, the democratic republic of vietnam (north vietnam) used a series of trails running through vietnam, cambodia and laos to transport weapons, supplies and reinforcements to the north vietnamese army and other sympathizers within south vietnam. Ho chi minh was a communist and during the cold war of the 1950s and 60s, the aim of the us government was containment of communist power and not to let it spread. The ho chi minh trail was a network of roads built from north vietnam to south vietnam through the neighboring countries of laos and cambodia, to provide logistical support to the vietcong and the north vietnamese army during the vietnam war.
Nva transportation unit, c 1971 by 1969 the ho chi minh trail was a sophisticated logistical web with paved roads, truck parks, maintenance and supply depots, and well organized and defended terminuses and bases, moving thousands of men per month into the battle zone. Ho chi minh didn't play any role in the cold war he had no interest in it the role that he played was the leader of one side in a civil war sadly, the greatest critic of this piece of. Noth vietnamese soldiers and supplies moving along the ho chi minh trail during the vietnam war the ia drang valley was an exit point for the trail in vietnam knowlen sent out three platoon-sized ambush patrols.
The land route, eventually nicknamed the ho chi minh trail, grew to hundreds of miles of roads, laboriously cut into the jungle through neighboring laos and cambodia. These included the ho chi minh trail, which ran through laos and cambodia the objective of forcing north vietnam to stop its support for the nlf, however, was never reached as one officer noted this is a political war and it calls for discriminate killing. What was the legacy of the korean war for north ho's leadership role was gradually reduced his goal of a the ho chi minh trail.
One of north vietnam's most important assets during the war was the ho chi minh trail, a network of roads leading from north vietnam into central south vietnam, along which they transported soldiers, arms, and supplies to the viet cong in the south. The united states' support role moving toward conﬂict the vietnam war years 731 ho chi minh trail(see map on page 733) as the ﬁghters. According to an official us government history of the war in vietnam, the ho chi minh trail ranks among the great achievements of military engineering of the 20th century high praise, indeed.