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The war against the US and the South Vietnam puppet government, liberating South Vietnam

The South Viet Nam revolution during 1960-1970 defeated American strategies: the special war (1961-1965), the local war (1965-1968). The 1968 Tet Mau Than Offensive brought on a massive strike on the headquarters of the US troops in Sai Gon and other provinces forcing the US to negotiate at the Paris Conference, thus putting an end to the Viet Nam war. The American soldiers had to return to the US. South Viet Nam Revolution turned to a new phase.

The 1975 Spring Offensive, beginning with the strategic strike to Buon Ma Thuot on March 12, 1975, defeated the puppet army and government of Sai Gon. Hue, Da Nang, Quy Nhon, Nha Trang, Phan Rang, Phan Thiet, etc. were respectively liberated. The Politburo of the Party Central Committee decided to launch the Ho Chi Minh Campaign. The Vietnamese armies attacked fast. At 11:30 am on April 30, 1975, the Vietnamese flag of liberation was waving on the roof of Dinh Doc Lap (Independence Palace), the last headquarters of the US-backed government of South Viet Nam. Sai Gon and Southern provinces were completely liberated.

April 30, 1975 was a landmark in the course of national liberation for the Party, the people and the army of Viet Nam, in which were huge contributions of General Vo Nguyen Giap, the Central Military Commission and the General Command.

General Vo Nguyen Giap happily embracing Colonel General Van Hien Dung after the Road 9-Southern Laos Victory (January 30-March 23, 1971)

General Vo Nguyen Giap and the General Staff, the Region Command and Commander Dong Sy Nguyen discussing the combat plan in the Truong Son Forest, preparing for the Road 9-Southem Laos Campaign (1971)

General Vo Nguyen Giap Commander Dong Sy Nguyen and Political Commissar Dang Tinh visiting Truong Son soldiers and inspecting preparation for the new situation (1971)

General Vo Nguyen Giap visiting a Militia Unit of elders in Hoang Hoa, Thanh Hoa Province. This unit had shot down a US war-plane and participated in the parade in celebration of the National Independence Day (September 2, 1973)

General Vo Nguyen Giap complimenting and encouraging military singers of the Ta Ngan (left bank of the river) Army Corp (February 2, 1973)

General Vo Nguyen Giap seeing the Vietnamese Military Delegation off to join the Four-party Joint Military Commission (1973)

General Vo Nguyen Giap and Major General Pham Van Kiet inspecting the Quang Ninh coastal area after clearing enemy mines (March 1973)

President Ton Duc Thang and General Vo Nguyen Giap visiting the Tien Phong (Vanguard) Division on its 20th founding anniversary, 1973

Source: "Commander-in-chief General Vo Nguyen Giap" Book