This Week In History: Wk 18 (30 April 1975)
The War Ends In Vietnam
The South Vietnamese government surrenders to North Vietnam and the country is unified.
In 1975, the US-backed government of South Vietnam surrendered to North Vietnamese forces as they entered and took over Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). The defeat surprised many as South Vietnam was supported in the war by US forces with their great supremacy in technology and fire-power. The victory of the North Vietnamese forces led to the unification of Vietnam under communist rule.
surrender (verb): give up the fight
backed (adjective): supported
supremacy (noun): extreme power; state of being superior to all others
fire-power (noun): the capability of weapons
unification (noun): the bringing together into one
communist rule (noun): the style of governing where property is publicly owned
Researched and written for EnglishClub by Matt Errey