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  • 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.

  • April 03, 1975

    Israel-South Africa Agreement (ISSA)

    Agreement between the South African and Israeli Ministers of Defense that outlines the two nations’ cooperation on nuclear issues.

  • April 06, 1975

    Cable No. 993/TK from the Current Affairs Committee of the Central Military Party Committee to Brothers Dong [Le Tu Dong], Le [Tran Le], Nam [Le Duc Anh], Hai Manh [Chu Huy Man], Nam Cong [Vo Chi Cong], and Nguyen [Dong Si Nguyen], Group 559

    Cable from the Current Affairs Committee of the Central Military Party Committee, with briefings on the new phase of the South Vietnamese revolution.

  • 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

    Memorandum from George S. Vest, Bureau of European Affairs, to Secretary of State, 'French Foreign Minister's Response on Nuclear Suppliers Meeting'

    This memo includes a response from the French Foreign Minister Sauvagnargues regarding the nuclear suppliers' meeting. The French said that they will participate based on certain conditions. The memo also includes the U.S.'s reactions to these various conditions, which the U.S. believes it can fulfill.

  • 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

    GDR Ambassador Pyongyang to Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Berlin

    Excerpt from East German ambassador's message which mentions the increasing profile of Kim Il Sung's first wife and her oldest son, Kim Jong Il, in North Korean propaganda.

  • 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

    State Department telegram 90533 to US Embassy Paris, 'Exploratory Meeting of Nuclear Suppliers'

    Kissinger met with the French ambassador and provided the necessary assurances. Agreements would be based on consensus, decisions would not be retroactive, and the suppliers meetings would be “informal and confidential.” This arrangement assured that the suppliers’ group would operate on a lowest-common-denominator basis, but there was no choice because French participation was vital.

  • 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 23, 1975

    Memorandum from Helmut Sonnenfeldt to Henry A. Kissinger, 'Meeting with French on Missile Cooperation'

    Description of a meeting between Sonnenfeldt and Jean-Laurens Delpech, French Minister of Armaments. Delpech was concerned about the slow response to the French requests for further nuclear assistance. Sonnenfeldt explained that they were awaiting a detailed technical analysis of the requests and limitations of US policy. Delpech also raised the issues of French use of the Nevada Test Site. Attached to the memorandum is a handwritten letter by Delpech to National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft.

  • 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 26, 1975

    Record regarding Kim Il Sung's visit in Beijing (18-26 April 1975)

    Kim Il Sung visited in Beijing and discussed the peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula. Although China promised a diplomatic offensive on the behalf of the DPRK, it also warned against the outbreak of a war.

  • 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.