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American Experience: the Fall of Saigon
     

American Experience: the Fall of Saigon

 
The date was April 29, 1975, and American ground troops had been struggling to gain a foothold in Vietnam for a decade. Despite the declaration of a cease-fire, two-years prior, the fighting raged on and the North Vietnamese communists shocked the world by overthrowing the South Vietnamese government in Saigon. In this release of three episodes originally broadcast in

Overview

The date was April 29, 1975, and American ground troops had been struggling to gain a foothold in Vietnam for a decade. Despite the declaration of a cease-fire, two-years prior, the fighting raged on and the North Vietnamese communists shocked the world by overthrowing the South Vietnamese government in Saigon. In this release of three episodes originally broadcast in 1983 as part of WGBH Television's Vietnam: A Television History series, filmmakers take a closer look at America's final two years in Vietnam and utilize archival footage, interviews with North Vietnamese officers, and an exclusive interview with Henry Kissinger to highlight the desperation that preceded the fall of Saigon and the subsequent evacuation of the U.S. military.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/28/2006
UPC:
0783421407497
Rating:
NR
Source:
Wgbh / Pbs
Time:
2:48:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Access to the American Experience web site; Scene selection; Closed captions

Related Subjects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Fall of Saigon
1. Coming Home [11:13]
2. Schisms [8:52]
3. Secret Talks and State Visits [10:15]
4. Agreement on the Table [17:53]
5. Peace at Hand [7:21]
1. Sharpening Debate [12:00]
2. Protest to Resistance [5:54]
3. The Campaign of 1968 [10:43]
4. Moratorium and Mobilization [5:43]
5. New Battlegrounds [9:36]
1. Ceasefire [13:00]
2. American Promises [10:04]
3. The North Advances [11:02]
4. Saigon Before the Rainy Season [7:10]
5. Evacuating Saigon [14:19]

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