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Vietnam War

 Documents on the Vietnam War. These telegrams, minutes, and discussion notes range from the mid-1950s to the end of the 1970s, and most come from Chinese and Albanian archives. There are many documents from Albania archives on Vietnam-Albanian relations. The collection also includes several Chinese telegrams and memorandums on foreign and economic relations with Indochina, as well as discussions with Zhou Enlai and Mao Zedong. See also the Indochinese War and the 1954 Geneva Conference. (Image, American POW, 1973, US Department of Defense, DDST9904270)

  • October 12, 1973

    Verbatim Transcript of the Third Meeting between Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Zhou Enlai

    Zhou Enlai and Trudeau have a wideranging conversation on international politics, covering the Vietnam War, Sino-Japanese relations, Nixon's visit to China, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Arctic circle, and nuclear energy safeguards, among other topics.

  • October 13, 1973

    Resolution of the 21st Plenum of the Party Central Committee, No. 227-NQ/TW (Excerpts)

    Resolution of the 21st Plenum of the Party Central Committee detailing the tasks of strengthening socialism and national defense in North Vietnam while continuing the South Vietnam revolution, ensuring strict enforcement of the Paris Agreement.

  • November 13, 1973

    Cable from Comrade Sau Manh [Le Duc Tho] to Comrade Pham Hung and COSVN Headquarters Providing Guidance for Military Struggle Operations in the Cochin China Lowlands, and for Launching a Political and Military Struggle Movement in South Vietnam

    Cable from Le Duc Tho to Pham Hung and COSVN Headquarters providing guidance on local military activities in the Cochin China lowlands and plans for a political and military struggle movement in South Vietnam.

  • January 11, 1974

    COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee Policy of Maintaining Good Relations with Cambodia In the New Situation

    The COSVN offers 3 proposals for improving relations with Cambodian revolutionaries.

  • March 06, 1974

    COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee Guidance on Strengthening Vietnamese-Cambodian Relations and Combat Solidarity

    The COSVN seeks to improve Cambodian-Vietnamese relations in the wake of several "minor clashes over various problems."

  • May 04, 1974

    Letter from Le Duan to Military Region 6

    Letter from Le Duan to Military Region 6 providing guidance on its operations and urgent tasks in the two years 1974-1975.

  • July 28, 1974

    COSVN Plenum Number 13 (Expanded) to Review the Situation and to Establish the Revolution’s Guidelines, Directions, Missions, and Requirements for Late 1974 and 1975

    After the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the withdrawal of U.S. troops, COSVN holds a full Party conference to agree on its assessment of the situation and to set out directions and missions for late 1974 and 1975

  • August 03, 1974

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Le Thanh Nghi

  • August 13, 1974

    Politburo Resolution No. 236-NQ/TW

    The Politburo issues a resolution addressing Nixon's resignation of the U.S. Presidency and laying out a number of urgent Party tasks.

  • August 18, 1974

    Cable from the COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee to the Politburo Reporting on the Results of COSVN’s 13th Party Plenum

    Cable from the COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee to the Politburo reporting on the results of COSVN’s 13th Party Plenum, including all aspects of the situation since the dissemination of COSVN Resolution 12 and on the implementation of the Central Committee’s Resolution 21.

  • September 10, 1974

    Comrade Le Duan’s Comments After Listening to Comrade Vo Quang Ho’s Briefing on the Draft Plan (Notes Taken by Comrade Ho)

    Le Duan's comments on the draft plan presented by Vo Quang Ho, laying out plans to liberate South Vietnam in two years 1975-1976.

  • September 20, 1974

    COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee Provides Guidance to Shape the Struggle Movement in South Vietnam’s Cities

    The COSVN seeks to shape protests led by a Catholic priest against corruption in South Vietnam.

  • October 01, 1974

    Continue Supplying Weapons and Ammunition in Accordance with the 1973 Plan and Preparing for the 1974-1975 Plan and for the Supplemental Plan (KH-75B)

    Military report in implementation of the resolution of the first session of the General Technical Department’s Party Committee, carrying out the mission of supplying the South Vietnamese battlefield that was approved during the General Department’s first Political-Military Conference.

  • October 19, 1974

    COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee Provides Guidance for the Political Struggle in the Cities of South Vietnam for the Final Days of 1974

    The COSVN seeks to support the Buddhist and Catholic protest movements in South Vietnam.

  • November, 1974

    COSVN and the COSVN Military Headquarters Decide to Launch a Wave of Operations during the 1974-1975 Dry Season

    In late November 1974 COSVN and the COSVN Military Headquarters approved a decision to launch a 1974-1975 Dry Season Campaign, divided into two waves of operations

  • November 13, 1974

    Guidance (No. 288) on Implementing the Resolution of the Central Military Party Committee in Combat and Force-Building Missions in 1975

    Based on the strategic plan of the Politburo and the Central Military Party Committee on gaining victory in the next few years, the Central Military Party Committee met to make a detailed, concrete assessment of the situation in 1974 and laid out guidelines, missions, and a concrete plan to be carried out by the different battlefields in 1975.

  • December 22, 1974

    General Staff Cable on the C3+C4 Campaign Desires of the High Command, sent to the B3 Front

    Cable from the General Staff detailing campaign plans of the Senior Leadership of the High Command to exploit an offensive posture and open up a strategic corridor to transform the balance of forces.

  • 1975

    Central Military Party Committee to General Van Tien Dung

    Cable from Vo Nguyen Giap reporting on the enemies' tactics and the Politburo's strategic plan to attack in the focal point sector.

  • January 05, 1975

    Leadership of the Ministry of Public Security issues guidance for dealing with reactionaries in South Vietnam

    Comrade Tran Quoc Hoan, Minister of Public Security, presided over a meeting that he had convened to study and implement guidelines on conducting the struggle against reactionaries, in support of the General Offensive and General Uprising in South Vietnam.

  • January 06, 1975

    Cable from X2 [Pham Hung] to the Ba Dinh Party Current Affairs Committee [Central Office for South Vietnam – COSVN], Reply to Cable No. 46/B19

    Cable from Pham Hung to the Ba Dinh Party Current Affairs Committee describing the development of current battlefields and operational plans for the near future.