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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)

  • 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.

  • 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 27, 1975

    Cable No. 919 from Brother Van [Vo Nguyen Giap] to Brother Tu Nguyen [Tran Van Tra] and the COSVN Military Party Committee; Information Copies to Brother Bay Cuong [Pham Hung] and COSVN

    Cable from Vo Nguyen Giap to report on a meeting by the Politburo and the Central Military Party Committee and their assessment on the strategic general offensive.

  • March 29, 1975

    Special Resolution of the 15th Plenum of the Central Office for South Vietnam (Excerpts)

    Excerpts from the Resolution of the 15th Plenum of COSVN with instructions on taking over and administering newly liberated areas.

  • March 30, 1975

    Cable No. 939 from Brother Van [Vo Nguyen Giap] to Brother Tu Nguyen [Tran Van Tra]

    Cable from Vo Nguyen Giap reporting on the progress of the South Vietnamese revolution and directing Tran Van Tra to complete his mission quickly.

  • 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 Archipelago.

  • April 01, 1975

    Cable from the Central Military Party Committee to COSVN Military Headquarters

    Cable from the Central Military Party Committee analyzing the situation of the South Vietnamese revolution and offering guidance on attack plans.

  • 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.

  • April 02, 1975

    Cable No. 961 from Brother Van [Vo Nguyen Giap] to Brothers Bay Cuong [Pham Hung] and Tu Nguyen [Tran Van Tra]

    Vo Nguyen Giap briefs Pham Hung on the enemy's disintegration in Southern provinces including Nha Trang, Cam Ranh, Hanh Son and preparation plans for a decisive battle.

  • April 02, 1975

    Cable No. 971B from Brother Van [Vo Nguyen Giap] to Brother Sau [Le Duc Tho]

    Cable from Vo Nguyen Giap to Le Duc Tho to brief him on the battle plan and required logistics.

  • April 02, 1975

    Cable from Central Military Party Committee to Comrades Van Tien Dung and Tran Van Tra (Excerpts)

    Cable sent to Van Tien Dung and Tran Van Tra to reiterate Politburo’s instructions on taking bold and timely action and a follow-up plan.