The Ho Chi Minh Trail was a route for the movement of troops and the supply of North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces operating in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The trail stretched 1,000 kilometers, just over 600 miles, and was actually a series of developed roads and footpaths. The route of the Ho Chi Minh Trail ran primarily through neighboring Laos and Cambodia along the border with North and South Vietnam. It was the target of American bombing and interdiction throughout the Vietnam War.
For over a century and a half, combat photographers have taken extraordinary risks to document the true horrors of war. More »
The AC-47 gunship proved the concept of the aerial gunship as a close support weapon in the skies over Vietnam. More »
The fixed-wing AC-130 gunship started as a “Gooney Bird” and became the terror of the skies during the Vietnam War. More »
Leading up to the Battle of Khe Sanh, Operation Niagara attempted to ‘find, fix and finish’ the enemy throughout rough Vietnamese terrain. More »
During Operation Lam Son 719, the South Vietnamese raid into the Laotian panhandle, commanders learned first-hand how tenacious the North Vietnamese could be. More »
Game designer Johan Nagel explains that with Vietnam 65, winning the hearts and minds of the locals is essential for success. More »
For both the Marine defenders and their North Vietnamese adversaries, the military base at Khe Sanh was the center of a deadly serious chess match between two determined commanders. More »
During WWII, the unique civilian organization did much to boost the morale of soldiers at home and abroad.
Acclaimed General Lloyd Fredendall lost his command after the debacle at the Battle of the Kasserine Pass.
The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, benefited from the firsthand observation of spies on Oahu.