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Officials and politicians in Wellington had doubts about the prospects of success in defending South Vietnam.
With substantial forces stationed in Malaysia in Confrontation with Indonesia fromNew Zealand had few military resources to spare for Vietnam without introducing conscription. Following the end of the Indonesia—Malaysia Confrontation, New Zealand came under renewed pressure from Washington to expand its commitment in Vietnam. Most operations in Phuoc Tuy were regular patrols or cordon and search operations.
Large-scale actions such as the Battle of Long Tan were uncommon. A second, strong team arrived in March The Vietnam War had spilled over into neighbouring Cambodia in Training South Vietnamese soldiers As the training teams began their work, New Zealand progressively withdrew its combat forces, in line with reductions in American strength in Vietnam. All were gone by the end of All who served were regulars, or personnel who enlisted in the Regular Force in order to join V Force.
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Its small size meant that New Zealand, unlike its American and Australian allies, did not have to introduce conscription. The anti-war movement grew during the closing stages of the Vietnam War. All New Zealand troops in Vietnam were volunteer regular personnel, so the protest movement did not have an anti-conscription edge, as it did in Australia and the United States.
Anti-Vietnam War protesters, While the anti-war movement had little impact on New Zealand foreign policy, it did cause the National government to mount a detailed public defence of its stance on Vietnam.
It stressed that it was fulfilling treaty obligations and upholding the principles of collective security that had been so important to New Zealand since the Second World War. In the end, it was changing American policy, rather than protest activity, that led the New Zealand government to begin its own phased withdrawal of troops. The conflict and the anti-war movement ushered in a new era of debate about New Zealand's place in the world.
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There were calls for a more independent foreign policy that was not subservient to the United States. Participation in the Vietnam War fractured what had largely been a foreign policy consensus between the two major political parties, National and Labour.
While National continued to accept the need for 'forward defence' and regional alliances, Labour leaders advocated new thinking in foreign policy to allow New Zealand to follow a more independent course in world affairs.
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In terms of national security, our combat involvement represented the culmination of a line of official thinking based on the ANZUS alliance, the perceived dangers of Asian communism, and the commitment to forward defence in South-East Asia.
The outcome of the war prompted New Zealand to re-evaluate its alliance policy — most notably the forward defence strategy. Johnson The Vietnam experience was also important as a test of the country's relationship with the United States. To that extent, the Holyoake government attained the central objective of its Vietnam policy: For those who served in Vietnam, the war left a searing legacy. New Zealand Vietnam veterans, like their Australian and American counterparts, had to adjust to various consequences of fighting in an unpopular war.
There has been much resentment within their ranks at perceived official and public indifference to the physical and psychological problems experienced by so many veterans due to exposure to Agent Orange and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another source of bitterness has been the sense that, unlike Second World War veterans, they did not receive adequate recognition for their professional service in a demanding theatre of operations.
South Vietnamese forces crossed into Cambodia and Laos in early February The North Vietnamese had anticipated the incursion into Laos, known as Lam Sonand massed their forces in an attempt to annihilate the South Vietnamese. The South Vietnamese withdrawal disintegrated into a disorderly retreat.
The summits in Beijing and Moscow reflected this strategy, though the Communist powers continued their material support of Hanoi. The North Vietnamese opened a three-pronged offensive in South Vietnam, known in the United States as the Easter Offensive, in late Marchexpecting that a victory on the battlefield would translate into a triumph at the negotiating table.
Rather than accept the prospect of defeat, Nixon sent massive air force and naval reinforcements to bases in Indochina and Guam.
On October 11—12 Kissinger and Le Duc Tho reached agreement on a peace settlement, both sides working to reach that end before the U.
President Thieu rejected the settlement, refusing to accept a peace that left North Vietnamese forces in South Vietnam, and legitimized the Hanoi-controlled Communist shadow government, the Provisional Revolutionary Government. His rejection forced Kissinger to resume negotiations with Le Duc Tho.
Kissinger was unable to find any common ground acceptable to both Vietnamese parties in two renewed rounds of negotiations. Negotiations resumed on January 8,and the United States and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam initialed the agreement on January Thieu reluctantly accepted the settlement despite his continued misgivings, and the peace agreement was signed on January The peace settlement enabled the United States to withdraw from the war and welcome the American prisoners of war back home.
Neither of the Vietnamese parties abided by the settlement, however, and the war continued. In the end, these commitments were not upheld due to a combination of factors—domestic and Congressional reluctance to re-engage in the war, economic constraints, and finally the Watergate scandal, which weakened and distracted Nixon.
Having rebuilt their forces and upgraded their logistics system, North Vietnamese forces triggered a major offensive in the Central Highlands in March