Vietnamizing the War (1968 - 1973)


President Richard Nixon, whose election campaign had included promises of peace with honor, developed a strategy of “Vietnamization,” aimed at gradually lowering US troop levels and turning the ground war over to the South Vietnamese. “Vietnamizing the War (1968-1973)” examines the impact of the American withdrawal on US soldiers, Vietnamese civilians, the economy of Vietnam, and the conduct of the war. Left on their own, South Vietnamese troops were overwhelmed in the battle for Quang Tri Province. In response, President Nixon increased the bombing of North, but did not reinforce troop levels. Vietnamization was virtually complete by September 1972, when, for the first time in seven years, there were no American battle deaths. That same week, more than 5,000 Vietnamese died.