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Season 1 Episode 856592


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Learn how many observers at the time came to view the American involvement in the Vietnam conflict as a quagmire, or a military involvement with no clear way to withdraw troops or exit the conflict. While President Nixon pushed for a process of Vietnamization, in which South Vietnamese would step into the positions held by American troops, further attacks and battles on the North Vietnamese frontiers took place. Major incidents including Firebase Gerry and the battles of Du Bop and Hill 423 complicated this plan even further, and it began to be clear that the American forces were the real target in these operations, rather than the South Vietnamese. In addition to this, large caches of weapons were discovered and the conflict began to spill over into Cambodia.moreless

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