1974 in the Vietnam War

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1974 in the Vietnam War
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Location Indochina

Anti-Communist forces:

 South Vietnam
 United States
Cambodia Khmer Republic
Laos Kingdom of Laos

Communist forces:

 North Vietnam
Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South VietnamViet Cong
Cambodia Khmer Rouge
Laos Pathet Lao
 Soviet Union
 People's Republic of China
Casualties and losses
US: 178 killed [1]
South Vietnam: Killed


January 19, 1974

The Battle of the Paracel Islands was an engagement fought between the naval forces of the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) in the Paracel Islands on January 19, 1974.[2]


April 27-May 2

The Battle of Svay Rieng as the last major operation of the Vietnam War to be mounted by the South Vietnamese army against the Communist VPA forces.


May 16 - November 20

The Battle of the Iron Triangle took place on May 16, 1974, when the 9th Division of the Vietnam People's Army backed by a small contingent of tanks launched an attack on Rach Bap, took possession of An Dien and pushed south towards Phu Cuong.


August 9

U.S. President Richard Nixon resigns due the Watergate Scandal. He is succeeded as president by Vice President Gerald Ford.


From July 1965 to the end of 1974, fighting in Vietnam was attended by some 6,500 officers and generals, as well as more than 4,500 soldiers and sergeants of the Soviet Armed Forces.[3]

December 13, 1974-January 6, 1975

The Battle of Phuoc Long took place in Phuoc Long Province, about 100 km (62 mi) from South Vietnam's capital, Saigon, at present day Phuoc Binh. The campaign against Phuoc Long reflected North Vietnam's change in policy after the strategic raids of 1974, taking full advantage of South Vietnam's critical military situation.

December 13, 1974 – April 30, 1975

The Ho Chi Minh Campaign was the final title applied to a series of increasingly large-scale and ambitious offensive operations by the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) and the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam which began on 13 December 1974.

Year in numbers

Armed Force KIA Reference Military costs - 1974 Military costs in 2022 US$ Reference
 South Vietnam ARVN
 United States US Forces 1 [1]
 North Vietnam


  1. 1.0 1.1 United States 2010
  2. Hickey 2001, p. 21
  3. (Russian): "Soviet rocketeer: After our arrival in Vietnam, American pilots refused to fly". rus.ruvr.ru. January 29, 2010. Retrieved May 26, 2010.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>