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.

  • Dick Salacious
    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

  • 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.

  • FallenActual

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

  • 7

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

  • 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

  • Jake WeberZwier
    Jake WeberZwier

    when you go hiking with your friends: 2:02

  • MrUnseen

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

  • CT 0501
    CT 0501

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

  • MarineSlayer


  • Young BZ
    Young BZ

    Fire that doesn't burn

  • Huey Freeman
    Huey Freeman

    wHy dO tHeY hAtE uS sO mUcH?

  • Razor24 actual
    Razor24 actual

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

  • Journey to Nerd City
    Journey to Nerd City

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

  • Jo Smo
    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

  • Alvise Leòn Van Meijgaard
    Alvise Leòn Van Meijgaard


  • Z F
    Z F

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

  • Ahmed Mustafa
    Ahmed Mustafa

    one of usa war crimes.

  • Rainier Richie Gunawan
    Rainier Richie Gunawan

    1:30 to skip the sponsorship

  • Kanzlei Krüger u. K.
    Kanzlei Krüger u. K.

    My father died bc. of Agent Orange.

  • soiung toiue
    soiung toiue

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

  • Charles Mouse
    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)

  • Chi Kit Leung
    Chi Kit Leung

    Agent Orange - A fire that doesn't BURN

  • 아재옆집

    I see where Matrix got their ideas

    • soiung toiue
      soiung toiue

      Another quality product brought to you by Monsanto

  • 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.

  • N3RD F0XX0
    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

  • Brent James
    Brent James

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

  • Toivo J
    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.

  • 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

  • Seth K.
    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.

    • Penis Man
      Penis Man

      There are plenty of good Vietnam games

  • Seth K.
    Seth K.

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

  • Gerhart Vondrivesabus
    Gerhart Vondrivesabus

    I dont know how americans can support their military sometimes.

    • Seth K.
      Seth K.

      It's sickening.

  • 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

  • d.o.m jones
    d.o.m jones

    acid not fun no moe -:(

  • Sidemen Rule
    Sidemen Rule

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

  • MarMar The First
    MarMar The First

    Agent Orange knows I like nanoaugmentation technology.

  • Mason Jones
    Mason Jones

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

  • The Shocker
    The Shocker

    Another quality product brought to you by Monsanto

  • Tsarbombacrazy88 Tsar bomba
    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.

  • Comrade Orange
    Comrade Orange

    thx for finally making a video about me :D

  • Diego Braga
    Diego Braga

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

  • Stefan Jelin
    Stefan Jelin

    Video starts at 1:27

  • Lucas Ono
    Lucas Ono

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

    • Chris Smith
      Chris Smith

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

  • David Cortes
    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

  • whateveruwant

    war crime by the US

  • Cerr Gaming
    Cerr Gaming

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

  • vbddfy euuyt
    vbddfy euuyt

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

  • Abdullah

    Using such tactics cause more trouble to civilians than the enemy forces.

  • Rolf Mützelburg
    Rolf Mützelburg

    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 UZload. Trusting them is no different than trusting a stranger like me.

  • Fo' mo' years Fo' fo' fiv'
    Fo' mo' years Fo' fo' fiv'

    Korean War parties used defoliants as well. An elder Korean Vet told me about it.

    • vbddfy euuyt
      vbddfy euuyt

      US of A the most murderous, depraved and idiotic empire in human history.

  • Dukios Gaming
    Dukios Gaming

    Ughh napalm

  • Ree Exe
    Ree Exe

    Agent orange aka Donald J trump

  • TNT

    I wonder what else are people being exposed to that is gonna be a problem in a couple of decades.

  • Capt. 7ohn
    Capt. 7ohn

    Another US's War Crime for my country :(

  • 123four

    I've got my spine I've got my orange crush

  • Død Ånd
    Død Ånd

    I've been waiting : this episode is sponsored by Sodom.

  • TobiDyLetsPlay100

    War is just effing plain disgusting, use words dammit, there is no need for people to be killed

  • Polish Cow
    Polish Cow

    Everybody gansta till the annoying orange joined the vietnam war

  • 5th Rangers F-Company
    5th Rangers F-Company

    Video starts at 1:37

  • Ving Tan
    Ving Tan

    Yet many Americans want to claim they saved Vietnam 😂

  • Rae Rae
    Rae Rae

    All that forest and jungle and lives for an unnecessary war

  • Chris Smith
    Chris Smith

    Simple History - 'we present the facts but we can't condemn US war crimes because UZload may demonetize us - draw your own conclusions'

    • zombelek


  • Chris Smith
    Chris Smith

    Who in 2021 can still believe that US are the 'good guys' ?

    • MinyMiles234

      The united states is a fucking monster.

    • Tennessee Boi
      Tennessee Boi

      You made 3 comments. are you done

  • Chris Smith
    Chris Smith

    US of A the most murderous, depraved and idiotic empire in human history.

    • Dio Evaldo
      Dio Evaldo

      Us empire? Never heard it before 🙈

  • AddictedToPorsche

    More like cheating on your finals and graduating with honors.

  • bat wayne
    bat wayne

    Noooooooo, Assad used chemical weapons against innocent we are going to fund isis,destroy the infrastructure of Syria and going steel their oil

  • zeRo1242

    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.

  • Angry trooper show
    Angry trooper show

    Its not USA fault. Its US army.

  • majungasaurusaaaa

    LMAO at the thumbnail depicting orange stuff being sprayed. It's color and odorless. When the commies sued Monsanto their witnesses stated "it was orange and horrible smelling ". Needless to say, the commies couldn't prove the connection between the herbicide and birth defects and lost the case in humiliating fashion.

  • WayB _iiMaze
    WayB _iiMaze

    It never gone

  • D-Free

    "Dilmore is gone" "What time will he be back?" "He died" "What?!" "He died last summer" "Died how?!" "Cancer, brought it back from 'Nam all that orange stuff they was spreaded around cut him down to nothing, i couldn't lift him off the sheet"

    • Game Boy • 1999 years ago
      Game Boy • 1999 years ago

      First Blood Reference 😢

  • Joseph Stallin'
    Joseph Stallin'

    You know, I heard Agent Orange burned a lot of bridges with his colleagues in Vietnam.

  • 1N73RC3P7OR

    When the sky starts playing Fortunate Son

  • Not Myles
    Not Myles

    My aunt has photos of my uncles and his buddies trying to clean off the agent orange that was dropped on them in Da Nang, miss you chuck ❤️

  • Tray Fryberger.
    Tray Fryberger.

    I was actually lucky enough to see one of the c-123s that carried agent orange at dover air force base in Delaware

  • Sonia Torres
    Sonia Torres

    T95 ww2 tank video please!!!

  • Ephraim Christen
    Ephraim Christen

    A fucking mess

    • Tennessee Boi
      Tennessee Boi

      That whole war was

  • Dale Miller
    Dale Miller

    Fantastic description of Operation Ranch Hand. If I hear people talk about chem trails I’ll point them here.

  • Stick in The mud
    Stick in The mud

    Agent *y e l l o w*

  • josiah fisher
    josiah fisher

    Not as effective as the number showed what you devastated your enemy's food supply

  • neue milch
    neue milch

    I don't understand how this is not chemical warfare.

  • Mr. MarKofski
    Mr. MarKofski

    I love my country, but this was certainly one of its more heinous acts of the 20th century

  • kickinwings420

    Great work Simple History. Im a big fan of your content. May I suggest doing one of these on the battle of Ia Drang? You seem no stranger to the Vietnam War.

  • Mahou Aniki
    Mahou Aniki

    Thank "God" CCCP still exist back then, to make United States look like the lesser of two evils.

  • Mark Pissedatutube
    Mark Pissedatutube

    I've heard of guys saying, "If it wasn't for that stuff they would have buried me in that jungle".

  • Exu

    US: its not a chemical weapon! German 2nd Reich in WWI: wait a sec-

  • Daniella P.Stewart
    Daniella P.Stewart

    Poor kids fucking war

  • Lib Censorship
    Lib Censorship

    All we need now is a doc about when they tested agent orange in Canada, as they do with all their new weapon systems.

  • Weaponized Toaster
    Weaponized Toaster

    Don't let this distract you from the fact that Mr krabs sold spongebobs soul for 62 cents

    • William West (student)
      William West (student)

      the true warcrime here

  • Leatherturtle

    WHOOOOO, WAR CRIMES! Thanks america.

  • Sergeant_ Lolmaxx
    Sergeant_ Lolmaxx

    Jo nice video, i was waiting for this! It would be really cool if you would make a video about black hawk down

  • Munich FX
    Munich FX

    Narration and illustration are pretty cool.

  • Doctor Rogers
    Doctor Rogers

    My grandfather from my mothers side of the family fought in the vietnam war. He got cancer from the agent orange and died when he came back. All i have are his dogtags, i never met him.

  • Micahistory 2
    Micahistory 2

    Please visit Micahistory 2, it would mean a lot!

  • Micahistory 2
    Micahistory 2

    imagine having to live with this for the rest of your life

  • Micahistory 2
    Micahistory 2

    the vietnam war was so brutal

  • Micahistory 2
    Micahistory 2

    imagine being a victim of this

  • Micahistory 2
    Micahistory 2

    dang that was brutal

  • Tasslar

    miricles in molycules just became a hole new meaning