Sunday, 9 March 2014

Fall of Saigon (1975)

Daily Mail dated Wednesday 30th April 1975

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From 1973 direct US Military involvement in South Vietnam was being wound down and by 1975, what remained of the South Vietnamese Army was not capable of withstanding the advance of the Communist North forces and it was inevitable that the South’s capital Saigon would fall sooner or later.
In early April 1975 the Communist Army was getting so close that many US personnel were evacuated from Tan Son Nhut airport, but by the last week in April the Communists were on the outskirts of Saigon and Operation Frequent Wind was activated. Helicopters were used to evacuate over 1300 Americans and nearly 6000 ‘vulnerable’ Vietnamese from central Saigon to aircraft carriers waiting out at sea.
The North Vietnamese forces didn’t interfere with the evacuation and only moved into the city when it had finished at 08:00 on the 30th April. The Vietnam War, which had started18 years earlier, finally ended. Saigon was re-named Ho Chi Minh City.

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