Agent Orange (The Vietnam War)

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Undoubtedly, the jungle terrain was a tremendous obstacle for the Americans in fighting the war. For that reason, they fought it by all means possible.
The best, but also the most controversial weapon in their arsenal were chemical defoliants such as ‘Agent Orange’.
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Created by Daniel Turner (B.A. (Hons) in History, University College London)
Script: Dejan Milivojevic
Chris Kane
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Drums of the Deep by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Wilcox, Fred A. Scorched Earth: Legacies of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam. Seven Stories Press, 2011.
Tucker, Spencer. The Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: A Political, Social, and Military History. ABC-CLIO, 2011.
Wiest, Andrew. The Vietnam War 1956-1975 Andrew Wiest. Osprey, 2002.
Buckingham, William A. Jr. "Operation Ranch Hand: The Air Force and Herbicides in Southeast Asia, 1961-1971." The SHAFR Guide Online. doi:10.1163/2468-1733_shafr_sim170170073.
Stellman, Jeanne Mager, et al. “The Extent and Patterns of Usage of Agent Orange and Other Herbicides in Vietnam.” Nature, vol. 422, no. 6933, 2003, pp. 681-687., doi:10.1038/nature01537.

YourBoi 2 hours ago
When I think of Agent Orange I only think about the most underrated band I know
Kbear Gaming
Kbear Gaming 3 hours ago
Orange is sus
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Eagle775 4 hours ago
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Alpha.4608 5 hours ago
Much respect to the allied and central powers of ww1, the allies and axis forces of ww2, the allied side of the Korean War and both sides of the Vietnam war including the Viet cong
Dick Salacious
Dick Salacious 7 hours ago
So they could have just used salt water rather than chemicals. You be amazed how effective salt is at killing and rotting everything in soil and it does it insanely quickly as well. You also can't replant for ages as it poison the soil. I rock salt on the ivy in the garden. One treatment lasts about 5 years so it's cheap and really effective
November 7 hours ago
In the first years of the 1960's the U.S. government tested a defoliant very similar to agent orange on the Apache reservations here in Arizona. I only found out because I was getting reservation fishing permits and was warned not to approach any metal drums I happened across while fishing because they are _still_ hazardous to this day.
FallenActual 8 hours ago
I knew a few people who died from agent orange and were paid by the VA for agent orange exposure...
7 8 hours ago
i saw the word agent and i was like no no no no why this... speaking about something else
Sock 8 hours ago
Hey! My uncle was exposed to this during vietnam, he died a few years ago from cancer. The doctors linked the cancer to agent orange. Thank you for teaching people about this!
SIN CENSURA 9 hours ago
the ccp war
Jake WeberZwier
Jake WeberZwier 10 hours ago
when you go hiking with your friends: 2:02
MrUnseen 11 hours ago
Did America pay reperations for poisoning the people and the food for TEN years?
CT 0501
CT 0501 12 hours ago
That's why they shouldev committed warcrime or use the A bomb
MarineSlayer 12 hours ago
Young BZ
Young BZ 12 hours ago
Fire that doesn't burn
Huey Freeman
Huey Freeman 14 hours ago
wHy dO tHeY hAtE uS sO mUcH?
Razor24 actual
Razor24 actual 15 hours ago
71-73 even grounds maint used defoliants on big bases for weed control wtf?
Journey to Nerd City
Journey to Nerd City 16 hours ago
Damn so they lowkey polluted the vietnamese jungles with chemicals weapons for 9 years. Didn't know that
Jo Smo
Jo Smo 16 hours ago
I'd say I'm surprised that the Americans didn't say "If it's doing that to the plants, I wonder what it's doing to our guys" But realistically, they more than likely just didn't care
Alvise Leòn Van Meijgaard
Alvise Leòn Van Meijgaard 16 hours ago
Z F 16 hours ago
Anybody else slightly bothered by his pronunciation of the word "herbicide" or is it just me?
Ahmed Mustafa
Ahmed Mustafa 16 hours ago
one of usa war crimes.
Unfortunate 6 hours ago
Wasn't a warcrime at the time. Now we don't use it
Rainier Richie Gunawan
Rainier Richie Gunawan 16 hours ago
1:30 to skip the sponsorship
Kanzlei Krüger u. K.
Kanzlei Krüger u. K. 16 hours ago
My father died bc. of Agent Orange.
soiung toiue
soiung toiue 17 hours ago
would get covered in the stuff daily. Great respect to all who died from the horrible effects of this chemical
Charles Mouse
Charles Mouse 19 hours ago
1st World War - Chemical weapons are really awful, let's not do that again! 2nd World War - Even Hitler vetoed the use of chemical weapons. I wonder how D-Day would have gone if the Nazis had deployed Sarin gas? Vietnam War - The land of the "free" reserves the right to commit whatever atrocities it damn well likes in the "suppression" of other nations. Today - MURICA!!! "We are the leaders of the free world, everybody must be grateful!" (cough: destructive hypocrisy and hubris)
Unfortunate 6 hours ago
At least we're better than the ussr. Everyone would be fucked
Chi Kit Leung
Chi Kit Leung 19 hours ago
Agent Orange - A fire that doesn't BURN
아재옆집 19 hours ago
I see where Matrix got their ideas
soiung toiue
soiung toiue 17 hours ago
Another quality product brought to you by Monsanto
Lokket99 21 hour ago
America: The Nazis used gas it was a real tragedy. Also America: The egg heads back at home cooked up Agent Orange let's use it on the enemy but hey it won't kill them only give them long term birth defects and cancer.
N3RD F0XX0 22 hours ago
My dad was born with birth defects due to Agent Orange, and I think my learning disability was also caused by that given it effects more than one generation
Brent James
Brent James 23 hours ago
agent orange here in philippines is a metal song composed by the band of slapshock
Toivo J
Toivo J 23 hours ago
Oh wow I have to do a project from Vietnam was and i decided to do 30% from agent blue or agent orange
THEFUTURE KID 23 hours ago
Do Malayan Emergency next pls, I really apprieciate it if you make it because it would be interesting.
KoolAid Day ago
this seems like a good idea on paper spraying the jungle to see the nva and the vc but with positives always come negatives
Seth K.
Seth K. Day ago
Look up the Massacre of Mai Lang. Babies and children slaughtered. Smh this is why they won't make any Nam games on console they would really have to address their immorality concerning the war. It's the same WWII games over and over because it's the only war they can still glorify.
Penis Man
Penis Man 11 hours ago
There are plenty of good Vietnam games
Seth K.
Seth K. Day ago
They didn't care they were spraying chemicals on troops in the jungle or little children who lived there. Smh
Gerhart Vondrivesabus
Gerhart Vondrivesabus Day ago
I dont know how americans can support their military sometimes.
Unfortunate 6 hours ago
Lmao, we didn't at the time, so many protests. Can you please know a bit more than make an assumption?
Seth K.
Seth K. Day ago
It's sickening.
rebellorebellion Day ago
My uncle died of agent orange exposure I'm glad I decided not to see him in the hospital the way my parents described how he looked was horrifying thank God he never had kids too
d.o.m jones
d.o.m jones Day ago
acid not fun no moe -:(
Sidemen Rule
Sidemen Rule Day ago
Who else also knew Jackie Robinson's brother served in vietnam
MarMar The First
MarMar The First Day ago
Agent Orange knows I like nanoaugmentation technology.
Mason Jones
Mason Jones Day ago
When I heard 2,4,5 Trichlorophenoxyacetic Acid the first thing that came to mind was “Return Of The Living Dead”
The Shocker
The Shocker Day ago
Another quality product brought to you by Monsanto
Tsarbombacrazy88 Tsar bomba
Tsarbombacrazy88 Tsar bomba Day ago
My mom said that one of my grandpa's was a ranger in the military, he was one of the people to work with Agent Orange. Him and including other rangers, got cancer and health problems in life, he died young. The government never did anything to compensate those soldiers.
Comrade Orange
Comrade Orange Day ago
thx for finally making a video about me :D
Diego Braga
Diego Braga Day ago
"herbicide" used to kill people. Nice. USA always being a bunch of assholes.
Unfortunate 6 hours ago
Better than the ussr
Stefan Jelin
Stefan Jelin Day ago
Video starts at 1:27
Lucas Ono
Lucas Ono Day ago
And people say that J. F Kennedy was a good president.
Chris Smith
Chris Smith Day ago
compared to the rest that followed him - he was less evil
David Cortes
David Cortes Day ago
Legit: The first time I heard of Agent Orange was on the first Rambo movie. It stuck with me that his friend had died that young and looked up what was that "Orange stuff" the lady was talking about
whateveruwant Day ago
war crime by the US
Ploopy 5 hours ago
@Unfortunate still
Unfortunate 6 hours ago
Not at the time
Cerr Gaming
Cerr Gaming Day ago
We legit just started learning about this in US history this week. Great timing man, love the videos!!
vbddfy euuyt
vbddfy euuyt Day ago
my own country did this to our soldiers. Heart breaking.
Abdullah Day ago
Using such tactics cause more trouble to civilians than the enemy forces.
Rolf Mützelburg
Rolf Mützelburg Day ago
Vietnam wasn't an especially difficult challange. Japan was every bit as creative, desperate, fanatical, and unconventional, in addition to being technologically equivilant to the US at the time. The only difference that made Vietnam "worse" was the equally biased, but reversed role of the media. Where the media were spewing government pro war propaganda through all of World War 2, they spun around and went pink the moment the enemy went from National Socialist to International Socialist. They lied in the 40s, lied in the 60s, lied in the 80s, lied through the turn of the millennia, lying on the air as we speak 24/7, and every waking moment in between. This should be news to no one. But few actually consider the implications. Some are afraid to think about it. That much of our history is a lie. The most common form being lie by omission. Its not what they tell you that you should worry about: You can ignore fake news. It's the news they don't tell you that you need to worry about. Agent Orange isn't the sort of thing people talk about much. The only reason the public know about it at all is because the media has adopted an anti-war stance... at least in regards to Vietnam. But there was a lot more that happened during the Vietnam you won't hear about. In particular, what went on in China and the surrounding nations. No motive for the media to eport on that. But that's all history now. Today is a new day, and the media is lying with increased transparency. They don't even pretend to be neutral. They know who thier audiance is and isn't. Thier role as "influencers" rather than informers puts them on the same level as a random guy on USposts. Trusting them is no different than trusting a stranger like me.
Fo' mo' years Fo' fo' fiv'
Fo' mo' years Fo' fo' fiv' Day ago
Korean War parties used defoliants as well. An elder Korean Vet told me about it.
vbddfy euuyt
vbddfy euuyt Day ago
US of A the most murderous, depraved and idiotic empire in human history.
Dukios Gaming
Dukios Gaming Day ago
Ughh napalm
Ree Exe
Ree Exe Day ago
Agent orange aka Donald J trump
TNT Day ago
I wonder what else are people being exposed to that is gonna be a problem in a couple of decades.
Capt. 7ohn
Capt. 7ohn Day ago
Another US's War Crime for my country :(
Unfortunate 6 hours ago
Not a warcrime at the time.
123four Day ago
I've got my spine I've got my orange crush
Død Ånd
Død Ånd Day ago
I've been waiting : this episode is sponsored by Sodom.
TobiDyLetsPlay100 Day ago
War is just effing plain disgusting, use words dammit, there is no need for people to be killed
Polish Cow
Polish Cow Day ago
Everybody gansta till the annoying orange joined the vietnam war
5th Rangers F-Company
5th Rangers F-Company Day ago
Video starts at 1:37
Ving Tan
Ving Tan Day ago
Yet many Americans want to claim they saved Vietnam 😂
Unfortunate 6 hours ago
Who's saying that? Because we left Vietnam and didn't spread democracy
Rae Rae
Rae Rae Day ago
All that forest and jungle and lives for an unnecessary war
Chris Smith
Chris Smith Day ago
Simple History - 'we present the facts but we can't condemn US war crimes because USposts may demonetize us - draw your own conclusions'
zombelek 10 hours ago
Chris Smith
Chris Smith Day ago
Who in 2021 can still believe that US are the 'good guys' ?
MinyMiles234 5 hours ago
@Unfortunate That’s exactly what the people that run this country want you to think.
Unfortunate 6 hours ago
@MinyMiles234 better than Russia, not saying the US is good but it's WAY better than China and Russia. Barely can have free speech in Russia and you CAN'T have free speech in China
MinyMiles234 Day ago
The united states is a fucking monster.
Tennessee Boi
Tennessee Boi Day ago
You made 3 comments. are you done
Chris Smith
Chris Smith Day ago
US of A the most murderous, depraved and idiotic empire in human history.
Dio Evaldo
Dio Evaldo Day ago
Us empire? Never heard it before 🙈
AddictedToPorsche Day ago
More like cheating on your finals and graduating with honors.
bat wayne
bat wayne Day ago
Noooooooo, Assad used chemical weapons against innocent we are going to fund isis,destroy the infrastructure of Syria and going steel their oil
zeRo1242 Day ago
I am glad that some 'muricans were also affected, this is so fxcked to find it ok to determine that one country and it's nature are treated like that.
Angry trooper show
Angry trooper show Day ago
Its not USA fault. Its US army.
Ploopy 5 hours ago
Also the us government
majungasaurusaaaa Day ago
LMAO at the thumbnail depicting orange stuff being sprayed. It's color and odorless. When the commies sued Monsanto their witnesses stated "it was orange and horrible smelling ". Needless to say, the commies couldn't prove the connection between the herbicide and birth defects and lost the case in humiliating fashion.
WayB _iiMaze
WayB _iiMaze Day ago
It never gone
D-Free Day ago
"Dilmore is gone" "What time will he be back?" "He died" "What?!" "He died last summer" "Died how?!" "Cancer, brought it back from 'Nam all that orange stuff they was spreaded around cut him down to nothing, i couldn't lift him off the sheet"
Game Boy • 1999 years ago
Game Boy • 1999 years ago 11 hours ago
First Blood Reference 😢
Joseph Stallin'
Joseph Stallin' Day ago
You know, I heard Agent Orange burned a lot of bridges with his colleagues in Vietnam.
1N73RC3P7OR Day ago
When the sky starts playing Fortunate Son
Not Myles
Not Myles Day ago
My aunt has photos of my uncles and his buddies trying to clean off the agent orange that was dropped on them in Da Nang, miss you chuck ❤️
Tray Fryberger.
Tray Fryberger. Day ago
I was actually lucky enough to see one of the c-123s that carried agent orange at dover air force base in Delaware
Sonia Torres
Sonia Torres 2 days ago
T95 ww2 tank video please!!!
Ephraim Christen
Ephraim Christen 2 days ago
A fucking mess
Tennessee Boi
Tennessee Boi Day ago
That whole war was
Dale Miller
Dale Miller 2 days ago
Fantastic description of Operation Ranch Hand. If I hear people talk about chem trails I’ll point them here.
Stick in The mud
Stick in The mud 2 days ago
Agent *y e l l o w*
josiah fisher
josiah fisher 2 days ago
Not as effective as the number showed what you devastated your enemy's food supply
neue milch
neue milch 2 days ago
I don't understand how this is not chemical warfare.
Mr. MarKofski
Mr. MarKofski 2 days ago
I love my country, but this was certainly one of its more heinous acts of the 20th century
kickinwings420 2 days ago
Great work Simple History. Im a big fan of your content. May I suggest doing one of these on the battle of Ia Drang? You seem no stranger to the Vietnam War.
Mahou Aniki
Mahou Aniki 2 days ago
Thank "God" CCCP still exist back then, to make United States look like the lesser of two evils.
Mark Pissedatutube
Mark Pissedatutube 2 days ago
I've heard of guys saying, "If it wasn't for that stuff they would have buried me in that jungle".
Exu 2 days ago
US: its not a chemical weapon! German 2nd Reich in WWI: wait a sec-
Daniella P.Stewart
Daniella P.Stewart 2 days ago
Poor kids fucking war
Lib Censorship
Lib Censorship 2 days ago
All we need now is a doc about when they tested agent orange in Canada, as they do with all their new weapon systems.
Weaponized Toaster
Weaponized Toaster 2 days ago
Don't let this distract you from the fact that Mr krabs sold spongebobs soul for 62 cents
William West (student)
William West (student) Day ago
the true warcrime here
Leatherturtle 2 days ago
WHOOOOO, WAR CRIMES! Thanks america.
Sergeant_ Lolmaxx
Sergeant_ Lolmaxx 2 days ago
Jo nice video, i was waiting for this! It would be really cool if you would make a video about black hawk down
Munich FX
Munich FX 2 days ago
Narration and illustration are pretty cool.
Doctor Rogers
Doctor Rogers 2 days ago
My grandfather from my mothers side of the family fought in the vietnam war. He got cancer from the agent orange and died when he came back. All i have are his dogtags, i never met him.
Micahistory 2
Micahistory 2 2 days ago
Please visit Micahistory 2, it would mean a lot!
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