Ken Burns Classroom

The French Fight a Dirty War in Vietnam

Ken Burns Film: The Vietnam War

Collections: Postwar United States (1945-1970s)

Subject: US History

Grade Level: 9-12

By 1953, the French had been fighting for seven years, had suffered over 100,000 casualties, and had failed to pacify the countryside. Large parts of the French population were horrified by reports of brutality and the use of napalm.