History of Southeast Asia
Episode 83: The Second Indochina War, Part 11
Today marks the beginning of a new month, and you know what that means: a new episode of the History of Southeast Asia Podcast is online for your listening pleasure! This time we cover events in Vietnam during 1966. Besides the battles from the Second Indochina War (also known as the Vietnam War), we will look at a Buddhist revolt that has largely been forgotten in the years since then.
During the war, South Vietnam was divided into four military districts, called "Corps Tactical Zones" (CTZs) by Americans. Here is a map showing the borders between the zones. The Buddhist uprising in this episode took place in Zone 1, and started over the firing of the general in charge of the army (ARVN) in that zone. Source:
On October 26, 1966, US President Lyndon B. Johnson ("LBJ") visited American troops at Cam Ranh Bay. This was the first of two visits he made to South Vietnam during his presidency. The photo shows American and South Vietnamese leaders together. From left to right: Johnson, General William C. Westmoreland, Nguyen Van Thieu, an unknown South Vietnamese official, and Nguyen Cao Ky.
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