One hundred and two days, on this very day, the disastrous Gallipoli Campaign started with an audacious assault of the Ottoman empire, starting from the aim of capturing the Gallipoli Peninsula. The initial invasion included two fresh divisions of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) incredibly difficult conditions and a well prepared Turkish defence.… Read More ANZAC Day: What we remember for
Between October 1955 and November 1963, Ngo Dinh Diem governed the precarious South Vietnam to a point of total disaster. While being backed and strongly influenced by the US, Diem’s South Vietnam was an attempt to establish a working democracy and anti-communist stronghold in Southeast Asia, mainly for the US’ policy of containment. By 1963,… Read More US in Indochina: Ngo Dinh Diem,the incompetent, US-backed leader who led South Vietnam to the verge of collapsing
For over two decades, the US covertly engaged in a civil war in Laos to ensure the containment of communism in southeast Asia at a time, where Cold War tensions were high in Vietnam, and later in Cambodia. The nation was a theatre for a secret proxy war, as North Vietnam operated throughout the country… Read More US in Indochina: the ‘Secret War’ in Laos that haunts the nation to this day
The capturing of Phnom Penh (capital of Cambodia) on the 17th April, 1975 by the Khmer Rouge marked the beginning of a destructive 3-year reign that left approximately 2 million people dead, and a dark stain on the nation’s history. Even today, Cambodia is still recovering from the extensive damage caused by their destructive plans and… Read More US in Indochina: How the US helped the Khmer Rouge and the legacy that it has left in Cambodia
History is often disregarded as a basic record of the past that serves little or no purpose in the present. However, if one truly takes into account what it can really do for society, such a mistaken view can be easily challenged.… Read More What is the purpose of history?