Vietnam: On the Frontlines


60m 2001

Brief Synopsis

A look at the Vietnam War told from a soldier's perspective. Over 50 Vietnam veterans are joined by CBS News reporters and cameramen who covered the war as well as military historians to provide a soldier's-eye view of the key battles and events of the Vietnam War. In late 1965, the U.S. enters the

Film Details

Also Known As
History Alive (06/04/01), Vietnam: On the Front Lines
Release Date
2001

Technical Specs

Duration
60m

Synopsis

A look at the Vietnam War told from a soldier's perspective. Over 50 Vietnam veterans are joined by CBS News reporters and cameramen who covered the war as well as military historians to provide a soldier's-eye view of the key battles and events of the Vietnam War. In late 1965, the U.S. enters the war full time. From the beginning, President Johnson dictates that it is to be a limited war. As a result, there would be no big battles like D-Day, but a series of inconclusive bloody skirmishes in places with names like Dak To, Con Thein, Khe Sahn and the Ia Drang Valley. In 1967, the Vietnamese change their strategy and shift from guerrilla warfare in the jungles to a more conventional kind of warfare fought in the cities. In January 1968, North Vietnam launches the Tet Offensive, a series of deadly attacks that strikes at the heart of South Vietnamese cities. Nowhere was the battle fought as strongly as in Saigon and Hue. President Nixon calls for "peace with honor," but the withdrawal is long and slow. Beginning in 1969, Nixon begins turning over more of the fighting to the South Vietnamese, yet in 1970, he orders the invasion of Cambodia. By 1972, there are so few U.S. troops left that the North Vietnamese go for broke in the Easter offensive. Massive U.S. air and naval bombardment become the only ways to drive them out of South Vietnam. The final American evacuation of Saigon takes place in April 1975. In the largest U.S. helicopter rescue in history, U.S. Marines pluck American and South Vietnamese off roof tops as the North Vietnamese stand poised to take the city. After the American departure, the North Vietnamese know that there would be no Americans to aid South Vietnam, and victory is at hand.

Crew

Matt Albanese

Other

Bob Boccaccio

Camera

Joe Bondulich

Sound

Scott Bynum

Sound

Mustapha Cheriet

Sound

Rebecca Chertok

Assistant Producer

Rebecca Chertok

Associate Producer

Kyle Cooper

Sound

D J Corcoran

Camera

Dave Coulter

Sound

Caroline Cullinane

Assistant Producer

Hillary Dann

Archival Footage

Rob Davis

Sound

Larry Des Gaines

Camera

Mark Dougherty

Camera

Paul Douglas

Camera

Deb Dubin

Sound

Doug Dubin

Sound

Bruce Dunning

Archival Footage

Robert Evans

Sound

Alex Fox

Sound

Deisha Gardner

Production Assistant

Doug Glazier

Camera

Rudy Greene

Production Manager

Rogeria Hanlon

Production Assistant

Sean Healy

Sound

C Mina Hochberg

Assistant Producer

Jorin Hood

Camera

Don Hooper

Sound

Dave Hopper

Camera

Jim Houk

Sound

Jimmy Hughes

Sound

Brian Humphreys

Sound

Hiroshi Iizuka

Sound

Elyse Kaftan

Editor

Neal Kinard

Camera

Nicholas Kitsopoulos

Music

Elliot Klayman

Camera

Janis Klein

Producer

Andrew Koontz

Editor

Dave Landry

Sound

Norris Lanius

Camera

John Laurence

Consultant

Brooks Lester

Sound

Steve Ligtelyn

Camera

Charlie Macarone

Sound

Rollie Malicsi

Archival Footage

Mike Mancuso

Sound

Massimo Mariani

Camera

Mai Marriott

Sound

Mike Marriott

Camera

Terrence L Martin

Executive Producer

Scott Mason

Sound

Matt Mayes

Camera

Landon Mccrary

Camera

Bill Mccurdy

Camera

Christopher Michon

Producer

Gene Moffett

Camera

Doug Moran

Sound

Andre Morize

Camera

Lou Palisano

Other

Mark Perfetti

Sound

Steve Petropoulos

Camera

Chris Phillips

Camera

Glen Piegari

Sound

Dusty Powers

Camera

Rob Rainey

Camera

Kevin Sabins

Sound

Barry Sell

Camera

Adam Shanker

Camera

Yvonne Shaw

Unit Manager

Craig Shea

Editor

Brad Simpson

Camera

Sheila Smith

Camera

Doug Snowden

Camera

Andrew Stevenson

Sound

Bob Tuccillo

Sound

Barry Weisblat

Sound

Cara Weisel

Assistant Producer

Cara Weisel

Associate Producer

Mark Weiss

Camera

Susan Werbe

Executive Producer

Film Details

Also Known As
History Alive (06/04/01), Vietnam: On the Front Lines
Release Date
2001

Technical Specs

Duration
60m

Quotes

Trivia