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Vietnam War, the

     
Vietnam War, the
(1954-75) a long civil war between the Communist forces of North Vietnam and the non-Communist forces of South Vietnam, which ended when South Vietnam was finally defeated in 1975, and Vietnam was united again as one country. Between 1965 and 1973, US soldiers fought in Vietnam to support the army of South Vietnam, and when people in the west talk about the Vietnam War, or simply about Vietnam they usually mean this period of US involvement.

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