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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    1. pi guy

      Ok so maybe it wasnt a good idea to use hyper carcinogen on your enemies

    2. mathews valdez

      bullets: people die agent orange: Earth die

    3. Geronimo553

      still many vietnam soldiers who have died from it and suffer from it now.

    4. Gaming Lee

      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*

    5. Kayden Larry

      My great grandfather died of agent orange 1 month before I was born I wish I could have met him

    6. Hamid Abrar Khan


    7. Brandon Michaels

      The Fire that doesnt burn

    8. Gus Cord

      R U on tiktok?

    9. Savillx Navm

      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

      1. Savillx Navm

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    10. Amar Sanaa

      I’m starting to think simple history is racist

    11. Lee M.

      This is far worse than the Holocaust....


      That the one them claim,to save the WORLD?

    13. Rukmali Abeysinghe

      do a video about the srilankan war

    14. ceerw buty

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

    15. Mr. Flak

      Great videos man! Always seem to learn something new while watching your videos. Keep up the great work.

    16. Denise Rodgers

      Do about the Tiger 2

    17. BADD1ONE

      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.

      1. BADD1ONE

        @ceerw buty I didn't say a thing about support for any war

      2. ceerw buty

        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.

    18. the pickle jar

      Do the malayan uprising pla

    19. Anghus Morgenholz

      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.

    20. z

      did the US pay any reparations for this war crime?

    21. Gopnik McBlyat

      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

    22. Ailsa Ni

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

    23. Johnny McNuggs

      My grandfather died from a brain tumor brought on from Agent Orange exposure. He was only 57 years old when he died.

    24. _Grzechu_ #_#

      So basically another war crime done by u.s army in the name of "Democracy" and "Freedom"

    25. daniel hulson

      these chemicals should get together and do a robbery,and they should get Quentin Tarantino to make a film about it

      1. daniel hulson

        @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

      2. Ailsa Ni

        government would rather it remain buried. No pun. There's videos all over the interwebs that cover this topic.

    26. Juan Roman

      "Chemtrails are just a conspiracy theory"

    27. no use for a name

      This killed my best friend he was Vietnam vet he was a good man God bless his soul.. R.i.p JR

    28. 101 Taker

      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.

    29. guffylips

      Actually many rail lines in north america sprayed agent orange for defoliant in the 60;s and early 70;s.

    30. Scp High command

      Any country: **adopts communism** America: you are being rescued please do not resist

    31. THGAwesome

      3:45 prevention of food, dear god we're Nazis

    32. Harvest God

      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.

      1. Silver

        Because they don't care.

    33. Sims J

      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.

    34. Juppie902

      2:04 : POV Rising Storm 2

    35. A Spanish Inquisitor

      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.

    36. Briskness -Matt-

      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.

    37. Sebastien Bonita

      Agent yellow is when your RV toilet over flows when your pissing because you dad was emptying the septic tank and he failed

    38. uchihaRZA

      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...

    39. Old n Gold

      Wait a minute . . . this isn't Sodom

    40. Tomo

      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.

      1. eioshen boboi

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

    41. kinfmin

      America just couldn't take the L on this one, huh?...

      1. eioshen boboi

        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.

    42. Jardos Plays

      Ahhh yes American war crimes. My favorite topic

    43. Ork

      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.

    44. CebuliX

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

    45. Ante Markoc

      They spray democracy 😉

    46. Dank Bonk ripper 65

      War crimes

    47. lanun si kucing

      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.

    48. YourBoi

      When I think of Agent Orange I only think about the most underrated band I know

    49. Kbear Gaming

      Orange is sus

    50. Eagle775

      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.

      1. soiung toiue

        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

    51. Alpha.4608

      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

      1. soiung toiue

        Damn so they lowkey polluted the vietnamese jungles with chemicals weapons for 9 years. Didn't know that

    52. Dick Salacious

      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

    53. November

      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.

    54. FallenActual

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

    55. 7

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

    56. Sock

      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!


      the ccp war

    58. Jake WeberZwier

      when you go hiking with your friends: 2:02

    59. MrUnseen

      Did America pay reperations for poisoning the people and the food for TEN years?

    60. CT 0501

      That's why they shouldev committed warcrime or use the A bomb

    61. MarineSlayer


    62. Young BZ

      Fire that doesn't burn

    63. Huey Freeman

      wHy dO tHeY hAtE uS sO mUcH?

    64. Razor24 actual

      71-73 even grounds maint used defoliants on big bases for weed control wtf?

    65. Journey to Nerd City

      Damn so they lowkey polluted the vietnamese jungles with chemicals weapons for 9 years. Didn't know that

    66. Jo Smo

      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

    67. Alvise Leòn Van Meijgaard


    68. Z F

      Anybody else slightly bothered by his pronunciation of the word "herbicide" or is it just me?

    69. Ahmed Mustafa

      one of usa war crimes.

      1. Unfortunate

        Wasn't a warcrime at the time. Now we don't use it

    70. Rainier Richie Gunawan

      1:30 to skip the sponsorship

    71. Kanzlei Krüger u. K.

      My father died bc. of Agent Orange.

    72. soiung toiue

      would get covered in the stuff daily. Great respect to all who died from the horrible effects of this chemical

    73. Charles Mouse

      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)

      1. Unfortunate

        At least we're better than the ussr. Everyone would be fucked

    74. Chi Kit Leung

      Agent Orange - A fire that doesn't BURN

    75. 아재옆집

      I see where Matrix got their ideas

      1. soiung toiue

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    76. Lokket99

      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.

    77. N3RD F0XX0

      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

    78. Brent James

      agent orange here in philippines is a metal song composed by the band of slapshock

    79. Toivo J

      Oh wow I have to do a project from Vietnam was and i decided to do 30% from agent blue or agent orange


      Do Malayan Emergency next pls, I really apprieciate it if you make it because it would be interesting.

    81. KoolAid

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

    82. Seth K.

      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.

      1. Penis Man

        There are plenty of good Vietnam games

    83. Seth K.

      They didn't care they were spraying chemicals on troops in the jungle or little children who lived there. Smh

    84. Gerhart Vondrivesabus

      I dont know how americans can support their military sometimes.

      1. Unfortunate

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

      2. Seth K.

        It's sickening.

    85. rebellorebellion

      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

      1. Sarah Gesheft

        Thank him for his service.

    86. d.o.m jones

      acid not fun no moe -:(

    87. Sidemen Rule

      Who else also knew Jackie Robinson's brother served in vietnam

    88. MarMar The First

      Agent Orange knows I like nanoaugmentation technology.

    89. Mason Jones

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

    90. The Shocker

      Another quality product brought to you by Monsanto

    91. Tsarbombacrazy88 Tsar bomba

      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.

      1. Sarah Gesheft

        Thank you for his service.Join the army and bring democracy to the heathens.

    92. Comrade Orange

      thx for finally making a video about me :D

    93. Diego Braga

      "herbicide" used to kill people. Nice. USA always being a bunch of assholes.

      1. Sarah Gesheft

        @Unfortunate Much better,hihihi......

      2. Unfortunate

        Better than the ussr

    94. Stefan Jelin

      Video starts at 1:27

    95. Lucas Ono

      And people say that J. F Kennedy was a good president.

      1. Chris Smith

        compared to the rest that followed him - he was less evil

    96. David Cortes

      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

    97. whateveruwant

      war crime by the US

      1. Ploopy

        @Unfortunate still

      2. Unfortunate

        Not at the time

    98. Cerr Gaming

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

    99. vbddfy euuyt

      my own country did this to our soldiers. Heart breaking.