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... The Vietnam War that was fought between the American backed South Vietnam and the Communist North Vietnam lasted for over two decades. Before the Second World War, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, together known as French Indochina, were a French colony. However, the French too were waging a war against the local people, who wanted to be rid of the colonial yoke. Soon after the world war, the fighting for the colony by the French continued, but by the year 1954, after their defeat at Dien Bien Phu, they were forced to agree to the Geneva accords, whereby Vietnam was divided at the seventeenth parallel, and elections to reunify the country were to be held by 1956. Instead, the Americans entered the war...