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The Digital Archive contains once-secret documents from governments all across the globe, uncovering new sources and providing fresh insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy. The Digital Archive is overseen by the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program and focuses on the interrelated histories of the Cold War, Korea, and Nuclear Proliferation. [Read more]

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March 31, 1975

Letter from Le Duan to Cuong [Pham Hung], Sau [Le Duc Tho] and Tuan [General Van Tien Dung]

Letter from Le Duan with guidance on communications and plans of attack in Saigon.

April, 1975

Cable from Brother Van [Vo Nguyen Giap] to Brothers Tuan [Van Tien Dung], Bay Cuong [Pham Hung], Tu Nguyen [Tran Van Tra] and Sau [Le Duc Tho] (Excerpts)

Cable from Vo Nguyen Giap briefing his comrades on the Central Military Party Committee's order of Region 5 to carry out the capture and occupation of islands in the Nam Sa …

April 07, 1975

Cable from the Central Military Party Committee to All Units Being Poured into the Battlefield (Excerpts)

Order from the Central Military Party Committee to quicken the liberation battle, maintain high spirit, and secure total victory.

April 14, 1975

Cable from Le Duan to Tam Thanh [Hoang Van Thai], Bay Cuong [Pham Hung], and Tuan [Van Tien Dung]

Cable from Le Duan carrying the Politburo's approval of battle plans for the liberation campaign in Saigon, now dubbed the "Ho Chi Minh Campaign."

April 02, 1975

Cable from Central Military Party Committee to the COSVN Military Party Committee and the Headquarters of the B2 Front (Excerpts)

Cable from the Central Military Party Committee with order to concentrate artilleries and forces to secure Xuan Loc and Bien Hoa.

March 27, 1975

Cable No. 83 from Brother Tho [Le Duc Tho] to Brother Tuan [Van Tien Dung]

Le Duc Tho briefs Van Tien Dung on the Politburo's assessment of the situation in Hue and Danang and tells him to carry out their plan as quickly as possible.

March 31, 1975

Letter from Le Duan to Cuong [Pham Hung], Sau [Le Duc Tho] and Tuan [General Van Tien Dung]

Letter from Le Duan with guidance on communications and plans of attack in Saigon.

April, 1975

Cable from Brother Van [Vo Nguyen Giap] to Brothers Tuan [Van Tien Dung], Bay Cuong [Pham Hung], Tu Nguyen [Tran Van Tra] and Sau [Le Duc Tho] (Excerpts)

Cable from Vo Nguyen Giap briefing his comrades on the Central Military Party Committee's order of Region 5 to carry out the capture and occupation of islands in the Nam Sa …

April 07, 1975

Cable from the Central Military Party Committee to All Units Being Poured into the Battlefield (Excerpts)

Order from the Central Military Party Committee to quicken the liberation battle, maintain high spirit, and secure total victory.

April 14, 1975

Cable from Le Duan to Tam Thanh [Hoang Van Thai], Bay Cuong [Pham Hung], and Tuan [Van Tien Dung]

Cable from Le Duan carrying the Politburo's approval of battle plans for the liberation campaign in Saigon, now dubbed the "Ho Chi Minh Campaign."

April 02, 1975

Cable from Central Military Party Committee to the COSVN Military Party Committee and the Headquarters of the B2 Front (Excerpts)

Cable from the Central Military Party Committee with order to concentrate artilleries and forces to secure Xuan Loc and Bien Hoa.

March 27, 1975

Cable No. 83 from Brother Tho [Le Duc Tho] to Brother Tuan [Van Tien Dung]

Le Duc Tho briefs Van Tien Dung on the Politburo's assessment of the situation in Hue and Danang and tells him to carry out their plan as quickly as possible.

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SPACE RACE

Documents on the 20th-century competition for supremacy in spaceflight capacity between the United States and the Soviet Union.

VIETNAM WAR

This is a large collection of primary source documents all related to the the Vietnam War

THE SIX-DAY WAR

This collection gives insight into the thought processes of global decision-makers as the events of the 1967 War, or Six-Day War, unfolded.

TAIWAN’S COLD WAR IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Documents on Taiwan's efforts to engage non-communist states in Southeast Asia in the 1970s and 1980s.

SOVIET UNION AND THE OLYMPICS

The Soviet Union joined the International Olympic Committee only in 1951, but went on to dominate the games along with its rival, the United States.

CUBAN FOREIGN RELATIONS

Documents on Cuban's international relations, focusing on it's relationship with the Soviet Union, China and the United States.

SPACE RACE

Documents on the 20th-century competition for supremacy in spaceflight capacity between the United States and the Soviet Union.

VIETNAM WAR

This is a large collection of primary source documents all related to the the Vietnam War

THE SIX-DAY WAR

This collection gives insight into the thought processes of global decision-makers as the events of the 1967 War, or Six-Day War, unfolded.

TAIWAN’S COLD WAR IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Documents on Taiwan's efforts to engage non-communist states in Southeast Asia in the 1970s and 1980s.

SOVIET UNION AND THE OLYMPICS

The Soviet Union joined the International Olympic Committee only in 1951, but went on to dominate the games along with its rival, the United States.

CUBAN FOREIGN RELATIONS

Documents on Cuban's international relations, focusing on it's relationship with the Soviet Union, China and the United States.

Welcome

The Digital Archive contains once-secret documents from governments all across the globe, uncovering new sources and providing fresh insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy. The Digital Archive is overseen by the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program and focuses on the interrelated histories of the Cold War, Korea, and Nuclear Proliferation. [Read more]

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themes

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Researching the People’s Republic of China

Based on experiences at 25 different Chinese archives, Charles Kraus offers an in-depth overview of researching the history of the People's Republic of China.

Taiwan’s Cold War in Southeast Asia

Hsiao-ting Lin reveals that Nationalist China’s top leaders believed ingraining anticommunism into the souls of their Southeast Asian neighbors was vital to Taiwan’s international security.

Introducing 'Sources and Methods'

Sources and Methods is a new platform that showcases fresh archival evidence and presents new insights into contemporary international history

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