United States – Vietnam Relations, 1945–1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense/I. Vietnam and the U.S., 1940–1950

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UNITED STATES - VIETNAM RELATIONS

1945 - 1967








VIETNAM TASK FORCE




OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE


SET #13


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VIETNAM AND THE UNITED STATES
1940 – 1950


Sec Def Cont Nr. X-0295

PART I.

VIETNAM AND THE UNITED STATES
1940 – 1950

Foreword

This portion of the study treats U.S. policy towards Vietnam in the decade of World War II and its aftermath. It is subdivided into three essays. Section A describes U.S. policy toward Indochina, and the developing conflict between France and the Viet Minh as viewed from Washington. Section B analyzes the character and power of the Viet Minh and probes the role of Vietnamese communists within the Viet Minh. Section C discusses Ho Chi Minh's political development to assess his potentiality for adopting neutrality in the East-West confrontation. Each monograph is supported by the maps and charts tabulated below.


Maps and Charts
(Blue Tabs)