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The struggle for Vietnam in the middle of the twentieth century came from a long rooted nationalist movement that had Vietnam pitted against itself The North Vietnamese led by Ho Chi Minh were trying to reunite the country after it was taken over by the Japanese during World War II This attempt by Ho Chi Minh to unite the country went uncontested but the fact that he tried to unite the country through military means sparked outside interest from other countries The other countries would be forced to act militarily to preserve their interests in Vietnam To properly understand why American interest was sparked and why the United States felt compelled to go to war in Vietnam the reader must first understand what happen to the country of Vietnam after World War II After World War II Vietnam was occupied by the Chinese for approximately seven months after the war before the French troops took over the occupation Fighting broke out between French and Vietnamese troops in November of 1946 The French launched a war against the Viet Minh Ho Chi Minhs forces in the northern part of Vietnam Ho realized how a small less industrialized country must fight against a stronger enemy Ho Chi Minhs forces would attack harass and then melt away This strategy worked very well for Hos troops as they battered and beat the French army The French tried to strike quickly with a large amount of force against Hos troops The goal of the French throughout the war was to get into a large scale battle with the Vietnamese The French thinking was that their superior weapons armor and military expertise would crush a light armed less advanced army Ho knew that this was the French wanted and that is why Hos forces were never really condensed in one area throughout the entire war The French would get their chance near the end of the war and blow it When
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