Australia and the Vietnam War

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The Vietnam War


This map illustrates those areas of Asia and the Pacific that France sought to annex in the second half of the nineteenth century. Apart from a period of Japanese occupation during the Second World War, Vietnam remained a French colony until the Vietnamese victory at Dien Bien Phu – a remote valley in the country's north, near the Laotian border – in 1954. [National Library of Australia, Map RM 3710]

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Japanese map of the southwest Pacific and Southeast Asia (1944).

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French Indo-China map printed on rayon for escape and evasion purposes (c. 1944).

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Map of Vietnam showing US military bases, offensives and operational zones during the Vietnam War (1980s).