Agent Orange (The Vietnam War)

Apr 4, 2021
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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
Music Credit:
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.

  • Are you ah soldier because you know all this stuff

    Ryle Leonard vaughn VargasRyle Leonard vaughn VargasHour ago
  • 11:48

    yy zyy z2 hours ago
  • My wife’s grandfather was in the U.S. Amry 101st Airborne In 1967-1968, his name was “Alfred Goate”. He was greatly Affected by Agent Orange years after he left the Amry. Alfred would tell his wife “Nancy” he would get Skin rashes from Exposure to Agent Orange, and yes he did suffer from PTSD

    Bryce RunsaboveBryce Runsabove6 hours ago
  • My grandpa was apart of the operation and died from it

    44_._.peach7744_._.peach7710 hours ago
  • Make a video of the Manchurian Operation (1945)

    Пожалуйста Не ГрустиПожалуйста Не Грусти12 hours ago
  • What an irony when America, Australia, South Korea, etc. invaded Vietnam after the incident in the Gulf of Tonkin everyone in the West kept saying this to fight communism which allegedly threatened America even though the distance from Vietnam to America is 13348 km, and this was not considered aggression by the United States and its allies, when America used chemical weapons and poisoned Vietnam for years, no one condemned America for this although now, 46 years later, people with genetic diseases are born in Vietnam, but when the USSR allegedly invaded this country in Afghanistan and allegedly used chemical weapons in this country against < < freedom fighters>> who then settled on September 11, yes, the USSR barbarians and murderers. Funny irony isn't it))

    Виктор ШалимовВиктор Шалимов13 hours ago
  • Fun Fact: Agent Orange didn't go away, it was rebranded as weed killer under the name RoundUp.

    Righteous VikingRighteous Viking16 hours ago
  • 1:34

    Axel SchroederAxel Schroeder22 hours ago
  • My grandpa Greg was practically sprayed with this stuff every time him and his unit set up a new artillery fire base.

    Garrett SattemGarrett SattemDay ago
  • I just cant fathom the men whom were told that it was safe to them actually believing them. I mean heres a chemical that attacks people. About the same as people believing hiding under a table or desk would save them from a nuclear explosion.

    Sōshi MiketsukamiSōshi MiketsukamiDay ago
  • Americans have superior weapons and supplies, yet they still used these harmful chemicals that could even harm innocent children and civilians. What a shame, not to mention how a small "Southeast Asian" Country like Vietnam win this war against them.

    Tyrill Del CastillianoTyrill Del CastillianoDay ago

  • Mmmmmmmm forbidden fanta

    The Gold FireballThe Gold FireballDay ago
  • My next door neighbor is a Vietnam veteran. He was exposed to Agent Orange, now he's in his like 70s or so and his shoulders are deteriorating and he can barely walk. That stuff is f'd man.

    UnknownUnknownDay ago
  • The U.S.A. is the most immoral enemy a nation can have.

    KNY //KNY //Day ago
    • Yeah, Imperial Japan, the USSR and Germany were way more moral than the US

      Dot JPEGDot JPEGDay ago
  • Ok so maybe it wasnt a good idea to use hyper carcinogen on your enemies

    pi guypi guyDay ago
  • bullets: people die agent orange: Earth die

    mathews valdezmathews valdezDay ago
  • still many vietnam soldiers who have died from it and suffer from it now.

    Geronimo553Geronimo5532 days ago
  • NVA general: Ah what a beautiful peaceful day seems like there won’t be any planes dropping water today Meanwhile: Operation rolling thunder In the distance: Boom! Bang! NVA general: oh that must be the Vietcong shooting rockets at those annoying planes that spray that weird water things Napalm screams falling down*

    Gaming LeeGaming Lee2 days ago
  • My great grandfather died of agent orange 1 month before I was born I wish I could have met him

    Kayden LarryKayden Larry2 days ago

    Hamid Abrar KhanHamid Abrar Khan2 days ago
  • The Fire that doesnt burn

    Brandon MichaelsBrandon Michaels2 days ago
  • R U on tiktok?

    Gus CordGus Cord2 days ago
  • yes and this is the more reason the stock market is the best form to make your investment with the steady increase of bitcoin everyday. One can become financially free within the next couple of months

    Savillx NavmSavillx Navm2 days ago
    • +:1:8:3:3:7:7:5:0:7:0:7;W/h/a/t/s/A/p/p/< With> / A/U/s/t/In/

      Savillx NavmSavillx Navm2 days ago
  • I’m starting to think simple history is racist

    Amar SanaaAmar Sanaa2 days ago
  • This is far worse than the Holocaust....

    Lee M.Lee M.2 days ago
    • No. Not even close

      Dot JPEGDot JPEGDay ago
  • That the one them claim,to save the WORLD?

  • do a video about the srilankan war

    Rukmali AbeysingheRukmali Abeysinghe2 days ago
  • remember kids,you cannot be accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity if you're world strongest super power

    ceerw butyceerw buty3 days ago
  • Great videos man! Always seem to learn something new while watching your videos. Keep up the great work.

    Mr. FlakMr. Flak3 days ago
  • Do about the Tiger 2

    Denise RodgersDenise Rodgers3 days ago
  • Do a video on the depleted uranium bullets we use in the middle east. I'm sure its causing neurological damage to the population and u.s. soldiers.

    BADD1ONEBADD1ONE3 days ago
    • @ceerw buty I didn't say a thing about support for any war

      BADD1ONEBADD1ONE2 days ago
    • How can some of you f@cks still support any war engagement of the U.S. every place they go, they bring suffering and destruction.

      ceerw butyceerw buty3 days ago
  • Do the malayan uprising pla

    the pickle jarthe pickle jar3 days ago
  • My father was soaked in that poison at least 4 times. In 1976 he was diagnosed with cancer on his liver with in about 3 months it spread to almost every organ but his lungs and heart. Agent orange contained dioxin at levels up to 75000 times the strength outlawed in America. Then they lied and tried to wait for the army to die. It didn't. The murdered their own soldiers and destroyed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese people for generations inflicting monstrous deformities on innocent children to this date.

    Anghus MorgenholzAnghus Morgenholz3 days ago
  • did the US pay any reparations for this war crime?

    zz3 days ago
    • Sort of, but not really

      Dot JPEGDot JPEGDay ago
  • I think my grandpa was hit by either agent orange or napalm on a small part of his body, I believe his left arm because he doesn’t talk about it, and he doesn’t like to, all I know is he was hit by either napalm or agent orange

    Gopnik McBlyatGopnik McBlyat3 days ago
  • remember kids,you cannot be accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity if you're world strongest super power

    Ailsa NiAilsa Ni3 days ago
  • My grandfather died from a brain tumor brought on from Agent Orange exposure. He was only 57 years old when he died.

    Johnny McNuggsJohnny McNuggs3 days ago
  • So basically another war crime done by u.s army in the name of "Democracy" and "Freedom"

    _Grzechu_ #_#_Grzechu_ #_#3 days ago
  • these chemicals should get together and do a robbery,and they should get Quentin Tarantino to make a film about it

    daniel hulsondaniel hulson3 days ago
    • @Ailsa Ni i know what Agent Orange is knew about since i was a i teenager it's Vietnam war 101,i think they tell it to everybody when you learn about Vietnam

      daniel hulsondaniel hulson3 days ago
    • government would rather it remain buried. No pun. There's videos all over the interwebs that cover this topic.

      Ailsa NiAilsa Ni3 days ago
  • "Chemtrails are just a conspiracy theory"

    Juan RomanJuan Roman4 days ago
  • This killed my best friend he was Vietnam vet he was a good man God bless his soul.. R.i.p JR

    no use for a nameno use for a name4 days ago
  • My father tall me this chemical they used. He when to vietman back in 1964 to 1964 Army. They where using for to kill the forest trees so they can see have more visual where the enemy's on the ground.

    101 Taker101 Taker4 days ago
  • Actually many rail lines in north america sprayed agent orange for defoliant in the 60;s and early 70;s.

    guffylipsguffylips4 days ago
  • Any country: **adopts communism** America: you are being rescued please do not resist

    Scp High commandScp High command4 days ago
  • 3:45 prevention of food, dear god we're Nazis

    THGAwesomeTHGAwesome4 days ago
  • How can some of you f@cks still support any war engagement of the U.S. every place they go, they bring suffering and destruction.

    Harvest GodHarvest God4 days ago
    • I don’t support any engagement of the US, I support a majority

      Dot JPEGDot JPEGDay ago
    • Because they don't care.

      SilverSilver4 days ago
  • The US propaganda calls it "defoliation" - because "the trees were so in the way and that" -and not illegal chemical genocide. Strange. When they knew exactly what they were doing and what the effects were because the British told them. Shame on the US. Shame on Britain.

    Sims JSims J4 days ago
  • 2:04 : POV Rising Storm 2

    Juppie902Juppie9024 days ago
  • Not sure if it's true or not, but I heard of stories of the U.S. government actually sabotaging ak rounds that were being supplied to the NVA by the Chinese, what they would do was put a small explosive in the primer in the primer so that when it was fired the round would explode and disable the gun. However the war ended before this would happen. What I find the most interesting is that there might be some still floating around, so if your firing an ak or sks and the gun explodes out of nowhere, that may have been one of them.

    A Spanish InquisitorA Spanish Inquisitor4 days ago
  • My uncle died from cancer because if it. He served in the war as a machine gunner and a sniper. His name was Lester Rheaume and I barely knew him.

    Briskness -Matt-Briskness -Matt-4 days ago
  • Agent yellow is when your RV toilet over flows when your pissing because you dad was emptying the septic tank and he failed

    Sebastien BonitaSebastien Bonita4 days ago
  • Had a teacher who passed from his time in Vietnam. He developed brain cancer that was determined to be caused by agent orange and other defoliants used in the war. Extremely sad to see such a great man go due to the irresponsibility of their own government...

    uchihaRZAuchihaRZA4 days ago
  • Wait a minute . . . this isn't Sodom

    Old n GoldOld n Gold5 days ago
  • America just couldn't take the L on this one, huh?...

    kinfminkinfmin5 days ago
    • 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.

      eioshen boboieioshen boboi4 days ago
  • Ahhh yes American war crimes. My favorite topic

    Jardos PlaysJardos Plays5 days ago
  • I'm a third generation agent orange victim, born as a cripple, as I grew up my teeth and nails were very brittle and I have serious skin issues, the tropical climate of Vietnam doesn't do any good either, and a protruding jaw. My parents abandoned me and I grew up in an orphanage. Never wanted to live from the time I was conscious. I finally got a chance to move to the US and I currently reside here, counting my days. People must understand these things are not just about hitting the target and killing, they destroy the future of the planet and its beings.

    OrkOrk5 days ago
  • "I do not move out of the way." - Agent Orange

    CebuliXCebuliX5 days ago
  • They spray democracy 😉

    Ante MarkocAnte Markoc5 days ago
  • War crimes

    Dank Bonk ripper 65Dank Bonk ripper 655 days ago
  • the brits never defoliate any forest during the malayan insurgency. how the communist lost in malaya because there's no political support from the locals. And its not considered a war too because the jungle police were sent in instead of the army. Vietnam war is just a proxy war like syria, where superpowers take advantage of a disunited nation too increase their own power. Americans never learn anything from the malayan campaign. They just throw in more guns and money to solve a problem. And let their soldiers being punked by the Chinese and Russians.

    lanun si kucinglanun si kucing5 days ago
  • When I think of Agent Orange I only think about the most underrated band I know

    YourBoiYourBoi6 days ago
    • Everything turns grey

      hadji annihilatorhadji annihilator21 hour ago
  • Orange is sus

    Kbear GamingKbear Gaming6 days ago
  • :(

    sempre que você ler os comentários, eu estarei lásempre que você ler os comentários, eu estarei lá6 days ago
  • For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 4:5, Jesus Christ is the only way, KJV.

    Eagle775Eagle7756 days 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

      soiung toiuesoiung toiue5 days 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

    Alpha.4608Alpha.46086 days ago
    • Damn so they lowkey polluted the vietnamese jungles with chemicals weapons for 9 years. Didn't know that

      soiung toiuesoiung toiue5 days 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

    Dick SalaciousDick Salacious6 days 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.

    NovemberNovember6 days ago
  • I knew a few people who died from agent orange and were paid by the VA for agent orange exposure...

    FallenActualFallenActual6 days ago
  • i saw the word agent and i was like no no no no why this... speaking about something else

    776 days 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!

    SockSock6 days ago
  • the ccp war

  • when you go hiking with your friends: 2:02

    Jake WeberZwierJake WeberZwier6 days ago
  • Did America pay reperations for poisoning the people and the food for TEN years?

    MrUnseenMrUnseen6 days ago
    • Not really, but at the same time a little

      Dot JPEGDot JPEGDay ago
  • That's why they shouldev committed warcrime or use the A bomb

    CT 0501CT 05016 days ago

    MarineSlayerMarineSlayer6 days ago
  • Fire that doesn't burn

    Young BZYoung BZ6 days ago
  • wHy dO tHeY hAtE uS sO mUcH?

    Huey FreemanHuey Freeman6 days ago
    • @Dot JPEG Americans say it about a lot of non western people, usually Middle Eastern admittedly

      Huey FreemanHuey FreemanDay ago
    • I’ve never heard anyone ask that

      Dot JPEGDot JPEGDay ago
  • 71-73 even grounds maint used defoliants on big bases for weed control wtf?

    Razor24 actualRazor24 actual6 days ago
  • Damn so they lowkey polluted the vietnamese jungles with chemicals weapons for 9 years. Didn't know that

    Journey to Nerd CityJourney to Nerd City6 days 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

    Jo SmoJo Smo6 days ago
  • disgusting

    Alvise Leòn Van MeijgaardAlvise Leòn Van Meijgaard6 days ago
  • Anybody else slightly bothered by his pronunciation of the word "herbicide" or is it just me?

    Z FZ F6 days ago
  • one of usa war crimes.

    Ahmed MustafaAhmed Mustafa6 days ago
    • Wasn't a warcrime at the time. Now we don't use it

      UnfortunateUnfortunate6 days ago
  • 1:30 to skip the sponsorship

    Rainier Richie GunawanRainier Richie Gunawan6 days ago
  • My father died bc. of Agent Orange.

    Kanzlei Krüger u. K.Kanzlei Krüger u. K.6 days ago
  • would get covered in the stuff daily. Great respect to all who died from the horrible effects of this chemical

    soiung toiuesoiung toiue6 days 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)

    Charles MouseCharles Mouse6 days ago
    • At least we're better than the ussr. Everyone would be fucked

      UnfortunateUnfortunate6 days ago
  • Agent Orange - A fire that doesn't BURN

    Chi Kit LeungChi Kit Leung6 days ago
  • I see where Matrix got their ideas

    아재옆집아재옆집6 days ago
    • Another quality product brought to you by Monsanto

      soiung toiuesoiung toiue6 days 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.

    Lokket99Lokket996 days ago
    • 1. They were not aware of the affects at the time 2. Holocaust killed more people 3. The gassing was for civilians and only civilians, while the US wanted to use this against plants

      Dot JPEGDot JPEGDay 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

    N3RD F0XX0N3RD F0XX06 days ago
  • agent orange here in philippines is a metal song composed by the band of slapshock

    Brent JamesBrent James6 days ago
  • Oh wow I have to do a project from Vietnam was and i decided to do 30% from agent blue or agent orange

    Toivo JToivo J6 days ago
  • Do Malayan Emergency next pls, I really apprieciate it if you make it because it would be interesting.

  • this seems like a good idea on paper spraying the jungle to see the nva and the vc but with positives always come negatives

    KoolAidKoolAid6 days 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.

    Seth K.Seth K.6 days ago
    • @Penis Man nah not on console like that they all on pc

      Seth K.Seth K.Day ago
    • There are plenty of good Vietnam games

      Penis ManPenis Man6 days ago
  • They didn't care they were spraying chemicals on troops in the jungle or little children who lived there. Smh

    Seth K.Seth K.6 days ago
  • I dont know how americans can support their military sometimes.

    Gerhart VondrivesabusGerhart Vondrivesabus6 days ago
    • We didn’t support the war at the time...

      Dot JPEGDot JPEGDay ago
    • Lmao, we didn't at the time, so many protests. Can you please know a bit more than make an assumption?

      UnfortunateUnfortunate6 days ago
    • It's sickening.

      Seth K.Seth K.6 days 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

    rebellorebellionrebellorebellion6 days ago
    • Thank him for his service.

      Sarah GesheftSarah Gesheft3 days ago