Australia and the Vietnam War

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The Vietnam War

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Made in 1944, this map documents a hiatus in French colonial rule over Vietnam by showing the extent of Japanese conquests in the early years of the Second World War, a period during which, for Vietnam, one type of imperialism replaced another. With the Allied defeat of Japan in 1945, the French sought to reassert control over Vietnam leading to an eight-year-long war and ultimately the division of the country into North and South. [National Library of Australia, Map RM 3942]


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View map of Southeast Asia and northern Australia showing districts in Annam and Tonkin that France proposed to annex (1883).

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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).