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North Vietnamese Decision-Making, 1973-1975

A collection of published Vietnamese documents dealing with North Vietnam’s decision-making from the signing of the Paris Peace Accords in January 1973 until the end of the war in April 1975. Compiled by George J. Veith and Merle L. Pribbenow, much of the material in this collection formed the basis of Veith's book, Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-1975 (2013). The collection is also introduced and contextualized in CWIHP Working Paper #84, "The Return to War: North Vietnamese Decision-Making, 1973-1975" (November 2017). (Image: Fall of Saigon, April 1975.)

  • March 12, 1975

    Cable from the Politburo and the Central Military Party Committee, Sent Through the General Staff to Region 5, B2, Tri-Thien, and 2nd Corps

    Cable sent from the Politburo and the Central Military Party Committee to raise spirit among soldiers and set out victory goals.

  • March 12, 1975

    Central Military Party Committee Cable Sent to General Van Tien Dung, Info Copies Sent to Comrade Hoang Minh Thao and the B3 Front Party Current Affairs Committee

    Cable sent from the Central Military Party Committee with order to destroy the enemy’s bases in the Ban Me Thuot area and interrogate closely prisoners of war.

  • March 13, 1975

    Cable 373/DK, Central Military Party Committee Cable to General Van Tien Dung

    Cable sent to General Van Tien Dung to report on the Cochin China's operations and offer military guidelines.

  • March 13, 1975

    Cable from Le Duc Tho to COSVN Providing Ideas on the Possibility of Conducting Attacks and Uprisings to Liberate Local Areas

    In response to COSVN’s assessment of the situation and its policy decision to conduct attacks and uprisings at the grass-roots level, Le Duc Tho offers some military insights and suggestions for future actions.

  • March 14, 1975

    Cable No. 05 from Brother Tuan [Van Tien Dung] to the Politburo and the Central Military Party Committee

    Van Tien Dung wrote to the Politburo and the Central Military Party Committee to report on events of the first few days of the campaign the development of the battlefield.

  • March 15, 1975

    Cable No. 11-DB from Brother Chien [Vo Nguyen Giap] to Brother Tuan [Van Tien Dung]

    Cable from Vo Nguyen Giap to Van Tien Dung to provide an assessment of the situation at the Central Highlands battlefield and military strategies to deal with the enemies.

  • March 15, 1975

    Central Military Party Committee to General Van Tien Dung

    Cable from Vo Nguyen Giap to Van Tien Dung to provide an assessment of the situation at the Central Highlands battlefield and military strategies to deal with the enemies.

  • March 17, 1975

    Cable from Central Military Party Committee to Military Region Tri-Thien and 2nd Corps

    The Central Military Party Committee orders a plan to attack and liberate all of Quang Tri and Thua Thien provinces and Hue City.

  • March 17, 1975

    Central Military Party Committee to General Van Tien Dung

    The Central Military Party Committee provides General Van Tien Dung an assessment of the situation and tells him to take advantage of the opportunity to expand attacks.

  • March 17, 1975

    Central Military Party Committee to General Van Tien Dung

    On behalf of the Central Military Party Committee, Vo Nguyen Giap directs General Van Tien Dung to expand attacks after the liberation of the Central Highlands.

  • March 18, 1975

    Cable from Comrade Pham Hung to Comrade Le Duc Tho

    Pham Hung sent Le Duc Tho a reply with a review of the attack and uprising movement at the grassroots level at the B2 Battlefield.

  • March 20, 1975

    Cable No. 62 from Le Duc Tho to Brother Tuan [Van Tien Dung]

    Le Duc Tho sent Van Tien Dung a cable saying that he and Le Trong Tan will meet Dung to brief him on their assessment of the situation and on the new decisions reached by the Politburo and the Central Military Party Committee.

  • March 20, 1975

    Cable No. 870 from Dien Bien [Central Military Party Committee] to COSVN Military Headquarters and Brother Bay Cuong [Pham Hung]

    On behalf of the Central Military Party Committee, Hoang Van Thai sent out a cable to report on the successful results of the attacks and uprisings of the soldiers and civilians of South Vietnam and in Central Highlands.

  • March 22, 1975

    Cable No. 38B from Brother Chien [Vo Nguyen Giap] to Brother Tuan [Van Tien Dung]

    Vo Nguyen Giap writes to Van Tien Dung regarding the Politburo's assessment of the South Vietnamese battlefield and current policy decisions.

  • March 23, 1975

    Cable No. 70 from Brother Tho [Le Duc Tho] to Brother Tuan [Van Tien Dung]

    Cable from Le Duc Tho to Van Tien Dung to update on the situation at the battlefield and discuss military tactics.

  • March 24, 1975

    Comrade Le Duan’s Comments in a Politburo Meeting Held 24 March 1975, after our Victory at Ban Me Thuot (Notes taken by Comrade Vo Quang Ho)

    In a Politburo meeting after the Ban Me Thuot victory, Le Duan gives comments on the progress and future direction of the general offensive to liberate South Vietnam.

  • March 25, 1975

    Cable No. 75 from Brother Tho [Le Duc Tho] to Brother Tuan [Van Tien Dung]

    Cable from Le Duc Tho to Van Tien Dung to discuss the decision by the Politburo and the Central Military Party Committee to implement Plan 1 in the immediate future and consolidate forces in the northern provinces.

  • March 25, 1975

    Central Military Party Committee to Comrade Tran Van Tra and the COSVN Military Party Committee, Info Copy Sent to Pham Hung, the COSVN Party Secretary

    Cable from Vo Nguyen Giap on behalf of the Central Military Party Committee to report on its strategic general offensive, beginning with the victories in the Central Highlands and the other battlefields.

  • March 25, 1975

    Central Military Party Committee to General Van Tien Dung

    Cable from Vo Nguyen Giap to Van Tien Dung to report on the assessment of the situation and future military plans by the Politburo and the Central Military Party Committee

  • March 25, 1975

    Cable No. 898B from Brother Van [Vo Nguyen Giap] to Brother Tuan [Van Tien Dung]

    Vo Nguyen Giap writes to Van Tan Dung regarding the assessment of the Politburo and the Central Military Party Committee on the situation of the B3 Campaign and the way forward.