This Week in History
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.
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
Test your understanding:
During the war in Vietnam, North Vietnamese forces defeated
The fact that North Vietnamese forces defeated the US military surprised many because the US forces had
Unification of a country can only occur after it has been