University of St Andrews

Dan Clayton on Commemorating Saigon, 11 December 1961: a date on the dark side of history

Thursday 15 December 2011

US helicopters and their crews arrived in Saigon on December 11 1961, ostensibly to take South Vietnamese troops deep into the jungle to wage what US advisors deemed to be a new kind of war: guerrilla warfare. Many see this event as the start of the Vietnam War.

Dan was invited to reflect on this date for the leading web-blog forum Open Democracy. His article titled “Commemorating Saigon, 11 Decemer 1961: a date on the dark side of history” was published on 11 December 2011.