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The Tank that Ended the Vietnam War - Reunification Palace, Saigon.

By October 7, 2010

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Image of tank on Reunification Palace grounds © Andrew Stevens / Creative Commons.

This was where the Vietnam War ended: at the gates of the Reunification Palace in Saigon (now known as Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam.

The former home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam, Reunification Palace now stands as a somewhat shabby reminder of the days when half of Vietnam was a capitalist ally of the United States - time seems to have stopped since, as the offices, meeting rooms, and banquet hall have preserved the ambience of the Sixties and Seventies, just before Saigon fell.

That day was April 30, 1975: the 34th Division of the Communist People's Army of Vietnam made their advance into the capital, with their tanks breaking down the gates of the Palace before midday. With the complete surrender of South Vietnamese forces and the peaceful turnover of power, the Vietnam War was officially over.

The tank that ended the war - or a replica that looks exactly like it - still stands on the Palace grounds.

For more on this historical building in Ho Chi Minh City, read our article: Reunification Palace, Vietnam.

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