Agent Orange (The Vietnam War)

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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.

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

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

    Johnny McNuggsJohnny McNuggs4 саат мурун
  • So basically another war crime done by u.s army in the name of "Democracy" and "Freedom"

    _Grzechu_ #_#_Grzechu_ #_#5 саат мурун
  • these chemicals should get together and do a robbery,and they should get Quentin Tarantino to make a film about it

    daniel hulsondaniel hulson7 саат мурун
    • @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 саат мурун
    • government would rather it remain buried. No pun. There's videos all over the interwebs that cover this topic.

      Ailsa NiAilsa Ni3 саат мурун
  • "Chemtrails are just a conspiracy theory"

    Juan RomanJuan Roman7 саат мурун
  • 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 name10 саат мурун
  • 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 Taker10 саат мурун
  • Actually many rail lines in north america sprayed agent orange for defoliant in the 60;s and early 70;s.

    guffylipsguffylips12 саат мурун
  • Any country: **adopts communism** America: you are being rescued please do not resist

    Scp High commandScp High command12 саат мурун
  • 3:45 prevention of food, dear god we're Nazis

    THGAwesomeTHGAwesome13 саат мурун
  • 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 God21 саат мурун
    • Because they don't care.

      SilverSilver13 саат мурун
  • 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 J21 саат мурун
  • 2:04 : POV Rising Storm 2

    Juppie902Juppie90221 саат мурун
  • 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 Inquisitor22 саат мурун
  • 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-23 саат мурун
  • 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 BonitaКүн мурун
  • 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...

    uchihaRZAuchihaRZAКүн мурун
  • Wait a minute . . . this isn't Sodom

    Old n GoldOld n GoldКүн мурун
  • I was exposed to Agent Orange on Okinawa that was transported from Vietnam during and mostly after the war burying over 25 thousand 55 gallon drums on our beaches destroying the ecosystem, killing and severely disfiguring those who survive exposure. Its why I've had cancer 5 times over the last 20 years. It goes through a steady remission and relapse phase. All due to exposure of Agent Orange. There's no way I should be alive let alone avoiding detrimental and physical disfigurement. It is a story the US government would rather it remain buried. No pun. There's videos all over the interwebs that cover this topic.

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

      eioshen boboieioshen boboiКүн мурун
  • America just couldn't take the L on this one, huh?...

    kinfminkinfminКүн мурун
    • 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 boboiКүн мурун
  • Ahhh yes American war crimes. My favorite topic

    Jardos PlaysJardos PlaysКүн мурун
  • 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.

    OrkOrkКүн мурун
  • "I do not move out of the way." - Agent Orange

    CebuliXCebuliXКүн мурун
  • They spray democracy 😉

    Ante MarkocAnte MarkocКүн мурун
  • War crimes

    Dank Bonk ripper 65Dank Bonk ripper 652 күн мурун
  • 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 kucing2 күн мурун
  • When I think of Agent Orange I only think about the most underrated band I know

    YourBoiYourBoi2 күн мурун
  • Orange is sus

    Kbear GamingKbear Gaming2 күн мурун
  • :(

    sempre que você ler os comentários, eu estarei lásempre que você ler os comentários, eu estarei lá2 күн мурун
  • 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.

    Eagle775Eagle7752 күн мурун
    • 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 toiue2 күн мурун
  • 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.46082 күн мурун
    • Damn so they lowkey polluted the vietnamese jungles with chemicals weapons for 9 years. Didn't know that

      soiung toiuesoiung toiue2 күн мурун
  • 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 Salacious2 күн мурун
  • 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.

    NovemberNovember2 күн мурун
  • I knew a few people who died from agent orange and were paid by the VA for agent orange exposure...

    FallenActualFallenActual2 күн мурун
  • i saw the word agent and i was like no no no no why this... speaking about something else

    772 күн мурун
  • 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!

    SockSock2 күн мурун
  • the ccp war

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

    Jake WeberZwierJake WeberZwier2 күн мурун
  • Did America pay reperations for poisoning the people and the food for TEN years?

    MrUnseenMrUnseen2 күн мурун
  • That's why they shouldev committed warcrime or use the A bomb

    CT 0501CT 05012 күн мурун

    MarineSlayerMarineSlayer2 күн мурун
  • Fire that doesn't burn

    Young BZYoung BZ2 күн мурун
  • wHy dO tHeY hAtE uS sO mUcH?

    Huey FreemanHuey Freeman2 күн мурун
  • 71-73 even grounds maint used defoliants on big bases for weed control wtf?

    Razor24 actualRazor24 actual2 күн мурун
  • Damn so they lowkey polluted the vietnamese jungles with chemicals weapons for 9 years. Didn't know that

    Journey to Nerd CityJourney to Nerd City2 күн мурун
  • 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 Smo2 күн мурун
  • disgusting

    Alvise Leòn Van MeijgaardAlvise Leòn Van Meijgaard2 күн мурун
  • Anybody else slightly bothered by his pronunciation of the word "herbicide" or is it just me?

    Z FZ F2 күн мурун
  • one of usa war crimes.

    Ahmed MustafaAhmed Mustafa2 күн мурун
    • Wasn't a warcrime at the time. Now we don't use it

      UnfortunateUnfortunate2 күн мурун
  • 1:30 to skip the sponsorship

    Rainier Richie GunawanRainier Richie Gunawan2 күн мурун
  • My father died bc. of Agent Orange.

    Kanzlei Krüger u. K.Kanzlei Krüger u. K.2 күн мурун
  • would get covered in the stuff daily. Great respect to all who died from the horrible effects of this chemical

    soiung toiuesoiung toiue2 күн мурун
  • 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 Mouse3 күн мурун
    • At least we're better than the ussr. Everyone would be fucked

      UnfortunateUnfortunate2 күн мурун
  • Agent Orange - A fire that doesn't BURN

    Chi Kit LeungChi Kit Leung3 күн мурун
  • I see where Matrix got their ideas

    아재옆집아재옆집3 күн мурун
    • Another quality product brought to you by Monsanto

      soiung toiuesoiung toiue2 күн мурун
  • 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.

    Lokket99Lokket993 күн мурун
  • 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 F0XX03 күн мурун
  • agent orange here in philippines is a metal song composed by the band of slapshock

    Brent JamesBrent James3 күн мурун
  • 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 J3 күн мурун
  • 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

    KoolAidKoolAid3 күн мурун
  • 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.3 күн мурун
    • There are plenty of good Vietnam games

      Penis ManPenis Man2 күн мурун
  • They didn't care they were spraying chemicals on troops in the jungle or little children who lived there. Smh

    Seth K.Seth K.3 күн мурун
  • I dont know how americans can support their military sometimes.

    Gerhart VondrivesabusGerhart Vondrivesabus3 күн мурун
    • Lmao, we didn't at the time, so many protests. Can you please know a bit more than make an assumption?

      UnfortunateUnfortunate2 күн мурун
    • It's sickening.

      Seth K.Seth K.3 күн мурун
  • 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

    rebellorebellionrebellorebellion3 күн мурун
    • Thank him for his service.

      Sarah GesheftSarah Gesheft2 саат мурун
  • acid not fun no moe -:(

    d.o.m jonesd.o.m jones3 күн мурун
  • Who else also knew Jackie Robinson's brother served in vietnam

    Sidemen RuleSidemen Rule3 күн мурун
  • Agent Orange knows I like nanoaugmentation technology.

    MarMar The FirstMarMar The First3 күн мурун
  • When I heard 2,4,5 Trichlorophenoxyacetic Acid the first thing that came to mind was “Return Of The Living Dead”

    Mason JonesMason Jones3 күн мурун
  • Another quality product brought to you by Monsanto

    The ShockerThe Shocker3 күн мурун
  • My mom said that one of my grandpa's was a ranger in the military, he was one of the people to work with Agent Orange. Him and including other rangers, got cancer and health problems in life, he died young. The government never did anything to compensate those soldiers.

    Tsarbombacrazy88 Tsar bombaTsarbombacrazy88 Tsar bomba3 күн мурун
    • Thank you for his service.Join the army and bring democracy to the heathens.

      Sarah GesheftSarah Gesheft2 саат мурун
  • thx for finally making a video about me :D

    Comrade OrangeComrade Orange3 күн мурун
  • "herbicide" used to kill people. Nice. USA always being a bunch of assholes.

    Diego BragaDiego Braga3 күн мурун
    • @Unfortunate Much better,hihihi......

      Sarah GesheftSarah Gesheft2 саат мурун
    • Better than the ussr

      UnfortunateUnfortunate2 күн мурун
  • Video starts at 1:27

    Stefan JelinStefan Jelin3 күн мурун
  • And people say that J. F Kennedy was a good president.

    Lucas OnoLucas Ono3 күн мурун
    • compared to the rest that followed him - he was less evil

      Chris SmithChris Smith3 күн мурун
  • Legit: The first time I heard of Agent Orange was on the first Rambo movie. It stuck with me that his friend had died that young and looked up what was that "Orange stuff" the lady was talking about

    David CortesDavid Cortes3 күн мурун
  • war crime by the US

    whateveruwantwhateveruwant3 күн мурун
    • @Unfortunate still

      PloopyPloopy2 күн мурун
    • Not at the time

      UnfortunateUnfortunate2 күн мурун
  • We legit just started learning about this in US history this week. Great timing man, love the videos!!

    Cerr GamingCerr Gaming3 күн мурун
  • my own country did this to our soldiers. Heart breaking.

    vbddfy euuytvbddfy euuyt3 күн мурун
  • Using such tactics cause more trouble to civilians than the enemy forces.

    AbdullahAbdullah3 күн мурун
  • Vietnam wasn't an especially difficult challange. Japan was every bit as creative, desperate, fanatical, and unconventional, in addition to being technologically equivilant to the US at the time. The only difference that made Vietnam "worse" was the equally biased, but reversed role of the media. Where the media were spewing government pro war propaganda through all of World War 2, they spun around and went pink the moment the enemy went from National Socialist to International Socialist. They lied in the 40s, lied in the 60s, lied in the 80s, lied through the turn of the millennia, lying on the air as we speak 24/7, and every waking moment in between. This should be news to no one. But few actually consider the implications. Some are afraid to think about it. That much of our history is a lie. The most common form being lie by omission. Its not what they tell you that you should worry about: You can ignore fake news. It's the news they don't tell you that you need to worry about. Agent Orange isn't the sort of thing people talk about much. The only reason the public know about it at all is because the media has adopted an anti-war stance... at least in regards to Vietnam. But there was a lot more that happened during the Vietnam you won't hear about. In particular, what went on in China and the surrounding nations. No motive for the media to eport on that. But that's all history now. Today is a new day, and the media is lying with increased transparency. They don't even pretend to be neutral. They know who thier audiance is and isn't. Thier role as "influencers" rather than informers puts them on the same level as a random guy on KGcode. Trusting them is no different than trusting a stranger like me.

    Rolf MützelburgRolf Mützelburg3 күн мурун
  • Korean War parties used defoliants as well. An elder Korean Vet told me about it.

    Fo' mo' years Fo' fo' fiv'Fo' mo' years Fo' fo' fiv'3 күн мурун
    • US of A the most murderous, depraved and idiotic empire in human history.

      vbddfy euuytvbddfy euuyt3 күн мурун
  • Ughh napalm

    Dukios GamingDukios Gaming3 күн мурун
  • Agent orange aka Donald J trump

    Ree ExeRee Exe3 күн мурун
  • I wonder what else are people being exposed to that is gonna be a problem in a couple of decades.

    TNTTNT3 күн мурун
  • Another US's War Crime for my country :(

    Capt. 7ohnCapt. 7ohn3 күн мурун
    • Not a warcrime at the time.

      UnfortunateUnfortunate2 күн мурун
  • I've got my spine I've got my orange crush

    123four123four3 күн мурун
  • I've been waiting : this episode is sponsored by Sodom.

    Død ÅndDød Ånd3 күн мурун
  • War is just effing plain disgusting, use words dammit, there is no need for people to be killed

    TobiDyLetsPlay100TobiDyLetsPlay1003 күн мурун
  • Everybody gansta till the annoying orange joined the vietnam war

    Polish CowPolish Cow3 күн мурун
  • Video starts at 1:37

    5th Rangers F-Company5th Rangers F-Company3 күн мурун
  • Yet many Americans want to claim they saved Vietnam 😂

    Ving TanVing Tan3 күн мурун
    • Who's saying that? Because we left Vietnam and didn't spread democracy

      UnfortunateUnfortunate2 күн мурун
  • All that forest and jungle and lives for an unnecessary war

    Rae RaeRae Rae4 күн мурун
  • Simple History - 'we present the facts but we can't condemn US war crimes because KGcode may demonetize us - draw your own conclusions'

    Chris SmithChris Smith4 күн мурун
    • yeah....

      zombelekzombelek2 күн мурун
  • Who in 2021 can still believe that US are the 'good guys' ?

    Chris SmithChris Smith4 күн мурун
    • @Unfortunate That’s exactly what the people that run this country want you to think.

      MinyMiles234MinyMiles2342 күн мурун
    • @MinyMiles234 better than Russia, not saying the US is good but it's WAY better than China and Russia. Barely can have free speech in Russia and you CAN'T have free speech in China

      UnfortunateUnfortunate2 күн мурун
    • The united states is a fucking monster.

      MinyMiles234MinyMiles2343 күн мурун
    • You made 3 comments. are you done

      Tennessee BoiTennessee Boi3 күн мурун
  • US of A the most murderous, depraved and idiotic empire in human history.

    Chris SmithChris Smith4 күн мурун
    • Us empire? Never heard it before 🙈

      Dio EvaldoDio Evaldo3 күн мурун
  • More like cheating on your finals and graduating with honors.

    Carrera 6Carrera 64 күн мурун
  • Noooooooo, Assad used chemical weapons against innocent we are going to fund isis,destroy the infrastructure of Syria and going steel their oil

    bat waynebat wayne4 күн мурун
  • I am glad that some 'muricans were also affected, this is so fxcked to find it ok to determine that one country and it's nature are treated like that.

    zeRo1242zeRo12424 күн мурун
  • Its not USA fault. Its US army.

    Angry trooper showAngry trooper show4 күн мурун
    • Also the us government

      PloopyPloopy2 күн мурун