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Vietnam: A Television History; CORDS, A New Concept of War (PSYOPS)

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Air to air, C-47 dropping propaganda leaflets over enemy terrian. LS, 8th PSYCOPS Hqs bldg. (Quonset hut). CU South Vietnamese waman illustrator at work. VS, South Vietnamese soldiers, men, women and American soldier seated at desks working on propaganda leaflets. LS, 2 l/2 ton truck backs up to C-47. VS, three American soldiers pass cartons of leaflets in chain fashion from truck to plane VS, trucks pull away. Int; C-47 in flight. Soldiers drop leaflets through chute. CU, leaflets dropping through chute. Air to air, OV-2 dropping leaflets AV, countryside seen through chute. Leaflets coming out of plane and dispersing. Tnt navigator checking map. CU, sign: "CO "AV' 8TH PSYOP BN - PRlNTING." CU, South Vietnamese soldier enters print shop. Int; Viet soldier gives material to be printed to American soldier Int, two American soldiers look at material to be printed. Ints, soldier makes negatives far leaflet layout. VS, soldier makes printing plate from negative. VS, soldier inks plate and puts it in printing machine. CU, machine printing leaflets. CU, soldier uses cutting machine to trim leaflets. VS, soldier fills cartons with leaflets. NOTE:(CORDS) Civil Operations and Rural Development Support.

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Vietnam: A Television History

CORDS, A New Concept of War (PSYOPS)

Series Description

This 13 part series covers the history of Vietnam from France's colonial control, through the 1945 revolution, to the 1975 U.S. evacuation from Saigon and the years beyond. The series' objective approach permits viewers to form their own conclusions about the war. 101--Roots of a War--Despite cordial relations between American intelligence officers and Communist leader Ho Chi Minh in the turbulent closing months of World War II, French and British hostility to the Vietnamese revolution laid the groundwork for a new war. 102--The First Vietnam War (1946-1954)--The French generals expected to defeat Ho's rag-tag Vietminh guerrillas easily, but after eight years of fighting and $2.5 billion in U.S. aid, the French lost a crucial battle at Dienbienphu--and with it, their Asian empire. 103--America's Mandarin (1954-1963)--To stop the spread of communism in Southeast Asia, America replaced France in South Vietnam--supporting autocratic President Ngo Dinyh Diem until his own generals turned against him in a coup that brought political chaos to Saigon. 104--LBJ Goes to War (1964-1965)--With Ho Chi Minh determined to reunite Vietnam, Lyndon Baines Johnson determined to prevent it, and South Vietnam on the verge of collapse, the stage was set for massive escalation of the undeclared Vietnam War. 105--America Takes Charge (1965-1967)--In two years, the Johnson Administration's troop build-up dispatched 1.5 million Americans to Vietnam to fight a war they found baffling, tedious, exciting, deadly and unforgettable. 106--America's Enemy (1954-1967)--The Vietnam War as seen from different perspectives: by Vietcong guerrillas and sympathizers; by North Vietnamese leaders; by rank and file; and by American held prisoner in Hanoi. 107--Tet (1968)--The massive enemy offensive at the Lunar New Year decimated the Vietcong and failed to topple the Saigon government, but led to the beginning of America's military withdrawal. 108--Vietnamizing the War (1968-1973)--President Nixon's program of troop pull-outs, stepped-up bombing and huge arms shipments to Saigon changed the war, and left GI's wondering which of them would be the last to die in Vietnam. 109--Cambodia and Laos--Despite technical neutrality, both of Vietnam's smaller neighbors were drawn into the war, suffered massive bombing, and in the case of Cambodia, endured a post-war holocaust of nightmare proportions. 110--Peace is at Hand (1968-1973)--While American and Vietnamese continued to clash in battle, diplomats in Paris argued about making peace, after more than four years reaching an accord that proved to be a preface to further bloodshed. 111--Homefront USA--Americans at home divide over a distant war, clashing in the streets as demonstrations lead to bloodshed, bitterness and increasing doubts about the outcome. 112--The End of the Tunnel (1973-1975)--Through troubled years of controversy and violence, U.S. casualties mounted, victory remained elusive and American opinion moved from general approval to general dissatisfaction with the Vietnam war. 113--Legacies--Vietnam is in the Soviet orbit, poorer than ever, at war on two fronts; America's legacy includes more than one half million Asian refugees, one half million Vietnam veterans and some questions that won't go away. Series release date: 9/1983



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Stock footage

Media Type


National liberation movements
Vietnam (Asia) nation
Nationalism and communism
Psychological warfare
Military psychiatry
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Leaflets dropped from aircraft
United States. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. Civil Operations and Rural Development Support
War and Conflict
Ellison, Richard (Series Producer)
Publication Information
Rights Summary

Public Domain Rights Holder: NARA

Chicago: “Vietnam: A Television History; CORDS, A New Concept of War (PSYOPS),” 04/29/1970, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 23, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C8669E838F75406EA124BC10CB8A429B.
MLA: “Vietnam: A Television History; CORDS, A New Concept of War (PSYOPS).” 04/29/1970. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 23, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C8669E838F75406EA124BC10CB8A429B>.
APA: Vietnam: A Television History; CORDS, A New Concept of War (PSYOPS). Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C8669E838F75406EA124BC10CB8A429B
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