Episodes of this important series are available to freely watch on PBS online if you’ve missed any on TV. You may have to register with PBS. If you have a laptop, you can pick closed captions, HD settings and screen sizes. The first episode is called Deja Vu (1858-1961).
The program is not a strictly chronological accounting of the history leading up to American involvement but that’s okay. The narrative flows. There are viewer warnings due to graphic violence, language, and content.
In addition to the disturbing scenes you expect to see, are very brief glimpses of a decapitated head –the French used guillotines on the Vietnamese resisters–and other horrors like Buddhist self-immolation, famine in the North, napalm, interspersed with interviews of Vietnamese on both sides and Americans. Particularly difficult to stomach are the political clips of the five US presidents who picked war, beginning with Truman who supported French colonialism with massive American tax dollars and led to 58,000 known deaths and countless post-war deaths and injuries.
So far, I think this is a worthwhile attempt to raise consciousness about the Vietnam War even though it jumps around a bit. As we all review more episodes, information could be presented that may be useful in certain claims. I strongly believe in the power of factual images and words to drive points home versus with words alone. This is a potential quality resource.