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Season 1

  • S01E01 America in Vietnam

    • October 16, 1980
    • CBC (CA)

    Discusses how the war has affected America, Asia and the world and what has become of the principal figures in the conflict.

  • S01E02 France in Vietnam

    • October 16, 1980
    • CBC (CA)

    France's involvement in Vietnam from the end of WW2 to gathering at Dien Bien Phu.

  • S01E03 Dien Bien Phu

    • October 16, 1980
    • CBC (CA)

    The historic battle that led to the withdrawal of French forces from Vietnam.

  • S01E04 Early Hope

    • October 23, 1980
    • CBC (CA)

    The US continues to back the South Vietnamese government against a growing Communist threat.

  • S01E05 Assassination

    • October 23, 1980
    • CBC (CA)

    The American government wavers in its support of President Diem.

  • S01E06 Days of Decision

    • October 30, 1980
    • CBC (CA)

    President Johnson makes two important decisions that change the course of history.

  • S01E07 Westy's War

    • October 30, 1980
    • CBC (CA)

    General Westmoreland and the President commit increasing ground troops in Vietnam.

  • S01E08 Uneasy Allies

    • November 5, 1980
    • CBC (CA)

    The sudden presence of 500,000 American troops and their affluence proves culturally overwhelming to the South Vietnamese, causing envy, corruption and a rift in the alliance that is never fully healed.

  • S01E09 Guerilla Society

    • November 5, 1980
    • CBC (CA)

    North Vietnam lived under a state of war for decades.

  • S01E10 The Trail

    • November 12, 1980
    • CBC (CA)

    An expedition down the Ho Chi Minh Trail, examining the jungle and mountain paths that were used as Communist supply routes linking North and South Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

  • S01E11 Firepower

    • November 12, 1980
    • CBC (CA)

    The costly US firepower advantage allowed them to win battles, but not decide the war.

  • S01E12 The Village War

    • November 19, 1980
    • CBC (CA)

    Without peasant support, neither side can win the war.

  • S01E13 The Air War

    • November 19, 1980
    • CBC (CA)

    Helicopters, airplanes and bombs played an important role in the Vietnam war.

  • S01E14 Siege

    • November 26, 1980
    • CBC (CA)

    US forces endure 77 days of siege at Khe Sanh.

  • S01E15 Tet!

    • December 10, 1980
    • CBC (CA)

    An account of the Tet Offensive, a simultaneous North Vietnamese attack on over 100 key locations in the South, staged on Jan. 31, 1968. It dealt a crippling blow to American morale and brought such criticism of President Johnson that he refused to stand for re-election. Among those interviewed is North Vietnamese diplomat Ha Van Lau, who called the offensive a strategic victory.

  • S01E16 Frontline America

    • December 17, 1980
    • CBC (CA)

    Follows the growing opposition to the Vietnam War in the U.S. The documentary features the first anti-war march on the Pentagon in October 1967 and recalls the assassinations of anti-war moderates Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., at a time when American combat deaths were exceeding 1000 per month.

  • S01E17 Soldiering On

    • December 31, 1980
    • CBC (CA)

    For the GI, Vietnam is both a physical and mental jungle. The men who lived in that jungle give first-hand accounts of how a war without recognizable lines or enemy affected discipline and morale, leading to widespread drug use and the "fragging" (battlefield murder) of officers.

  • S01E18 Changing the Guard

    • January 7, 1981
    • CBC (CA)

    After Tet, Vietnamization is escalated and proves to be less than successful.

  • S01E19 Wanting Out

    • January 7, 1981
    • CBC (CA)

    President Nixon is determined to obtain peace through pressure. Congress condemns his secret bombing, then invasion, of Cambodia. Daniel Ellsberg releases the Pentagon Papers and public wrath over a decade of government deception descends on Nixon.

  • S01E20 Bombing of Hanoi

    • January 14, 1981
    • CBC (CA)

    The Battle of Hanoi matches America's B-52 armada against Soviet SAM missiles in the single most intense air battle in history. Lasting 12 days and nights, the Christmas bombing in 1972 ends 12 years of American military involvement in Vietnam.

  • S01E21 Peace and Consequence

    • January 14, 1981
    • CBC (CA)

    Having promised peace, Nixon and Kissinger try public and secret talks to arrive at a peace accord with North Vietnam.

  • S01E22 The Prisoners

    • January 21, 1981
    • CBC (CA)

    Two American P.O.W.s give contrasting accounts of their treatment and actions at the Hanoi Hilton camp. Is the traditional military code of conduct, requiring that a captive give only his name, rank and serial number valid in an ideological war with some P.O.W.s held captive for eight years?

  • S01E23 The Unsung Soldiers

    • January 21, 1981
    • CBC (CA)

    The readjustment from jungle to Main Street is painful for 2.8 million American soldiers. For the Vietnam veterans, it is a silent homecoming. America wants to forget the war. The soldiers cannot.

  • S01E24 Final Offensive

    • February 4, 1981
    • CBC (CA)

    The North Vietnamese Army needed only 55 more days to end the 10,000 Day War.

  • S01E25 Surrender

    • February 4, 1981
    • CBC (CA)

    The chronology of battle from the start of the spring 1975 Communist offensive to the domino collapse of South Vietnam's cities within 55 days. The fall of Saigon ends 10,000 days of war.

  • S01E26 Vietnam Recalled

    • February 11, 1981
    • CBC (CA)

    Five years after the fall of Saigon, the question is asked: What went wrong in Vietnam? The response of policy makers and combatants reveal the deep divisions over Vietnam which still remains.