The Vietnam War was a war for independence in Vietnam, the north lead by Ho Chi Minh, the south led by Ngo Dinh Diem. In 1954 an international conference decided that Vietnam must be divided into two north and south. At the beginning America was not involved in the war between north and south Vietnam, it wasn’t until 1961 when a U.S. boat was attacked in the gulf of Tonkin. The President ordered the military to attack back to prevent further aggression.
Artillery is a term used to describe large weapons or a branch of the army that implies these weapons. There are four main types of artillery there are large guns such has a M60, mortars, howitzers, and rocket launchers. This weapons are mounted onto boats, aircraft, and tanks. When America joined the war helicopters were used for medical evacuation because there were very few landing spots in Vietnam . Helicopters can land and takeoff vertically that was a real advantage when there was an emergency . When the helicopters were converted into gun ships there maneuverability came in handy when it was under heavy fire , or when they were picking up soldiers near an enemy area. There were many types of helicopters the different types would be armed differently. The AH-1 Cobra would be modified to hold a certain amount of a certain type of ammunition.
One of its armaments modifications were to hold a 20mm cannon with 750 rounds and TOW guided missiles with 4 rounds . The second was 20mm cannon 750 with rounds and 2.75 unguided rockets with 14 rounds. The third was 20mm cannon with750 rounds and TOW guidied missiles with 8 rounds. This were the three devisting modifications.
Since during the Vietnam War there has been debate on whether the United States was right to become involved in the conflict. Some say that we were wrong to become involved in what was an internal conflict among the people of Vietnam. Others feel that we followed the natural course and that involvement was not only wrong, but also justified. Which view is right Should we have been in Vietnam or ...
I think the helicopters were very useful during the Vietnam War especially when bombing bases and evacuating prisoners, injured, and villages. Their maneuverability made them a hard target to hit. When soldiers needed to land in a tight spot they could count on the helicopters. My favorite helicopter was the AH-1 also know as Cobra it was fast and maneuverable . It could move in and destroy a target get out before it can be spotted.
The conclusion of my report is that helicopters and other gun ships helped win the Vietnam war by, evacuating the injured, by transporting supplies and soldiers from one place to the other. The grenade launcher would deliver a lot of firepower to a target. When helicopters were gun ships they would work on recon missions.