Preview – The Vietnam War

Richard Nixon

This hugely enjoyable documentary series concludes tonight as we finally enter the end of this controversial conflict.

The last two episodes cover Richard Nixon’s plans for “Vietnamisation”, which involved getting the Americans out of Vietnam and letting the South Vietnamese handle the conflict on their own. This is followed by the Watergate scandal that brings down Nixon and the final withdrawal of US personnel from Saigon in 1975.

The documentary also deals with the aftermath of the war, what has become of Vietnam now, and the issue of building a memorial in Washington to the conflict.

The Vietnam War is on BBC Four at 22.00.