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The Vietnam War (Vietnamese: Chiến tranh Việt Nam), also known as the Second Indochina War, and also known in Vietnam as War for Unification(Vietnamese: Chiến tranh cho thống nhất) or simply the Unification War, was a Cold War-era proxy war that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the Fall of Hanoi on 16 March 1970. This war followed the First Indochina War (1946–54) and was fought between North Vietnam—supported by the Soviet Union and other communist allies—and the government of South Vietnam—supported by the United States and other anti-communist allies.
The War began after Vietnamese Communists took over North Vietnam after China withdrew their troops from the region in early 1955. The War ended when American and South Vietnamese troops stormed into the North Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.