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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.)

  • April 25, 1975

    Cable No. 481/TV from TVKBN [COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee] to Sau Dan [Vo Van Kiet] and Nam Xuan [Unknown]

    Cable from COSVN with order to the Saigon-Gia Dinh unit to secure control of the government at the grassroots level, following Thieu's fall.

  • April 27, 1975

    Central Military Party Committee Directive No. 113/QUTW

    Directive from the Central Military Party Committee on preparation of units to be entering and administering the City of Saigon-Gia Dinh.

  • April 28, 1975

    Cable from the COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee on Duong Van Minh’s Inauguration as President of the Saigon Puppet Government

    Cable from the COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee discussing response tactics to Duong Van Minh's inauguration as President of the Saigon government.

  • April 28, 1975

    Cable No. 505/TV from KBN [COSVN] Party Current Affairs Committee to P.10, Sau Dan [Vo Van Kiet], All Region Party Committees, B.76, N.50, and All Sections and Branches

    Cable from COSVN discussing Duong Van Minh's rise to President and plans of response in preparation for total victory.

  • May 01, 1975

    Party Secretariat Cable No. 601

    Cable from the Party Secretariat discussing the question of a tripartite government and calling for a mass movement in the revolutionary spirit.

  • August 20, 1975

    COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee Guidance on Categorizing Detained Puppet Soldiers and Puppet Officials and Continuing to Hunt Down Reactionaries

    COSVN provides guidance on categorizing and detaining puppet soldiers and officials, after the victory of the resistance war.