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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)

  • 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 09, 1975

    Cable from Le Duan to Tuan [Van Tien Dung], Sau [Le Duc Tho], Bay Cuong [Pham Hung], and Tu Nguyen [Tran Van Tra]

    Cable from Le Duan with instructions on dispersing combat forces to attack the enemies and infiltrate into the city.

  • 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 18, 1975

    Anti-Reactionary Forces Study and Implement a Directive from the Party Secretariat on Policy toward Enemy Troops who Surrender and Enemy Prisoners of War

    Directive from the Secretariat’s with directions on categorizing enemies who are surrendered into four separate categories: mutineers, soldiers who returned to the revolution, prisoners of war, and enemy remnants who turned themselves in.

  • April 18, 1975

    Party Secretariat Directive No. 218-CT/TW

    Directive by the Party Secretariat containing policy towards enemy soldiers who are captured or surrender during the liberation.

  • April 19, 1975

    Party Secretariat Directive No. 219-CT/TW

    Directive from the Party Secretariat with policy towards captured South Vietnamese soldiers and government officials and policy on combating counter-revolutionaries and maintaining security in newly liberated areas.

  • April 20, 1975

    Cable to Brother Sau [Le Duc Tho] and Brother Bay Cuong [Pham Hung] (at the B2 Front)

    Cable from Le Duc Tho discussing educational and administrative tasks regarding discipline in the newly liberated zones and captured materials for units in the focal-point battlefield.

  • April 22, 1975

    Cable No. 10/TT.75, KBN [COSVN] Party Current Affairs Committee Circular

    Cable from the COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee discussing President Thieu's resignation and plans to quickly secure Saigon both militarily and politically.

  • 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.

  • June 21, 1975

    Conversation between Chinese leader Mao Zedong and Cambodian Leader Pol Pot

    Mao Zedong muses on the nature of the struggle between the capitalist and socialist forces within China. He tells Pol Pot not to blindly follow the Chinese model, but adopt Marxist theory to the Cambodian realities. Excepts.

  • 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.

  • September 24, 1975

    Discussion between Mao Zedong and Le Duan

  • September 29, 1975

    Minutes of Conversation between Deng Xiaoping and Le Duan

    Deng Xiaoping recounts a meeting between Zhou Enlai and Ho Chi Minh, at which Ho Chi Minh accused the Chinese of attempting to intimidate the Vietnamese by stationing troops close to the Chinese-Vietnamese border. Le Duan states that he had never been brifed on that meeting. Excerpt.

  • November 22, 1976

    Hua Guofeng’s Statement to Vietnamese Leaders

  • September 29, 1977

    Discussion between Hua Guofeng and Pol Pot

  • 1992

    Excerpts from official Vietnamese "Sapper Handbook"

    Translated excerpts from an official People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) handbook for the elite "Sapper" forces, Vietnamese army’s commando/special forces troops. These excerpts discuss the Sapper's training of foreign commando forces from countries such as Laos, Cambodia, Cuba, and the Soviet Union.