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.


  1. YourBoi
    Саат мурун

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

  2. Kbear Gaming
    Kbear Gaming
    2 саат мурун

    Orange is sus

  3. sempre que você ler os comentários, eu estarei lá
    sempre que você ler os comentários, eu estarei lá
    2 саат мурун


  4. Eagle775
    2 саат 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.

  5. Alpha.4608
    3 саат 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

  6. Dick Salacious
    Dick Salacious
    5 саат 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

  7. November
    6 саат 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.

  8. FallenActual
    6 саат мурун

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

  9. 7
    7 саат мурун

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

  10. Sock
    7 саат 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!

    8 саат мурун

    the ccp war

  12. Jake WeberZwier
    Jake WeberZwier
    9 саат мурун

    when you go hiking with your friends: 2:02

  13. MrUnseen
    9 саат мурун

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

  14. CT 0501
    CT 0501
    10 саат мурун

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

  15. MarineSlayer
    11 саат мурун


  16. Young BZ
    Young BZ
    11 саат мурун

    Fire that doesn't burn

  17. Huey Freeman
    Huey Freeman
    12 саат мурун

    wHy dO tHeY hAtE uS sO mUcH?

  18. Razor24 actual
    Razor24 actual
    14 саат мурун

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

  19. Journey to Nerd City
    Journey to Nerd City
    14 саат мурун

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

  20. Jo Smo
    Jo Smo
    15 саат 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

  21. Alvise Leòn Van Meijgaard
    Alvise Leòn Van Meijgaard
    15 саат мурун


  22. Z F
    Z F
    15 саат мурун

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

  23. Ahmed Mustafa
    Ahmed Mustafa
    15 саат мурун

    one of usa war crimes.

    1. Unfortunate
      4 саат мурун

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

  24. Rainier Richie Gunawan
    Rainier Richie Gunawan
    15 саат мурун

    1:30 to skip the sponsorship

  25. Kanzlei Krüger u. K.
    Kanzlei Krüger u. K.
    15 саат мурун

    My father died bc. of Agent Orange.

  26. soiung toiue
    soiung toiue
    16 саат мурун

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

  27. Charles Mouse
    Charles Mouse
    17 саат 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)

    1. Unfortunate
      4 саат мурун

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

  28. Chi Kit Leung
    Chi Kit Leung
    18 саат мурун

    Agent Orange - A fire that doesn't BURN

  29. 아재옆집
    18 саат мурун

    I see where Matrix got their ideas

    1. soiung toiue
      soiung toiue
      16 саат мурун

      Another quality product brought to you by Monsanto

  30. Lokket99
    19 саат 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.

  31. N3RD F0XX0
    N3RD F0XX0
    20 саат 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

  32. Brent James
    Brent James
    22 саат мурун

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

  33. Toivo J
    Toivo J
    22 саат мурун

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

    22 саат мурун

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

  35. KoolAid
    23 саат мурун

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

  36. Seth K.
    Seth K.
    23 саат 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.

    1. Penis Man
      Penis Man
      10 саат мурун

      There are plenty of good Vietnam games

  37. Seth K.
    Seth K.
    23 саат мурун

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

  38. Gerhart Vondrivesabus
    Gerhart Vondrivesabus
    23 саат мурун

    I dont know how americans can support their military sometimes.

    1. Unfortunate
      4 саат мурун

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

    2. Seth K.
      Seth K.
      23 саат мурун

      It's sickening.

  39. rebellorebellion
    23 саат 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

  40. d.o.m jones
    d.o.m jones
    23 саат мурун

    acid not fun no moe -:(

  41. Sidemen Rule
    Sidemen Rule
    Күн мурун

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

  42. MarMar The First
    MarMar The First
    Күн мурун

    Agent Orange knows I like nanoaugmentation technology.

  43. Mason Jones
    Mason Jones
    Күн мурун

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

  44. The Shocker
    The Shocker
    Күн мурун

    Another quality product brought to you by Monsanto

  45. Tsarbombacrazy88 Tsar bomba
    Tsarbombacrazy88 Tsar bomba
    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.

  46. Comrade Orange
    Comrade Orange
    Күн мурун

    thx for finally making a video about me :D

  47. Diego Braga
    Diego Braga
    Күн мурун

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

    1. Unfortunate
      4 саат мурун

      Better than the ussr

  48. Stefan Jelin
    Stefan Jelin
    Күн мурун

    Video starts at 1:27

  49. Lucas Ono
    Lucas Ono
    Күн мурун

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

    1. Chris Smith
      Chris Smith
      Күн мурун

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

  50. David Cortes
    David Cortes
    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

  51. whateveruwant
    Күн мурун

    war crime by the US

    1. Ploopy
      4 саат мурун

      @Unfortunate still

    2. Unfortunate
      4 саат мурун

      Not at the time

  52. Cerr Gaming
    Cerr Gaming
    Күн мурун

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

  53. vbddfy euuyt
    vbddfy euuyt
    Күн мурун

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

  54. Abdullah
    Күн мурун

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

  55. Rolf Mützelburg
    Rolf Mützelburg
    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 KGget. Trusting them is no different than trusting a stranger like me.

  56. Fo' mo' years Fo' fo' fiv'
    Fo' mo' years Fo' fo' fiv'
    Күн мурун

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

    1. vbddfy euuyt
      vbddfy euuyt
      Күн мурун

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

  57. Dukios Gaming
    Dukios Gaming
    Күн мурун

    Ughh napalm

  58. Ree Exe
    Ree Exe
    Күн мурун

    Agent orange aka Donald J trump

  59. TNT
    Күн мурун

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

  60. Capt. 7ohn
    Capt. 7ohn
    Күн мурун

    Another US's War Crime for my country :(

    1. Unfortunate
      4 саат мурун

      Not a warcrime at the time.

  61. 123four
    Күн мурун

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

  62. Død Ånd
    Død Ånd
    Күн мурун

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

  63. TobiDyLetsPlay100
    Күн мурун

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

  64. Polish Cow
    Polish Cow
    Күн мурун

    Everybody gansta till the annoying orange joined the vietnam war

  65. 5th Rangers F-Company
    5th Rangers F-Company
    Күн мурун

    Video starts at 1:37

  66. Ving Tan
    Ving Tan
    Күн мурун

    Yet many Americans want to claim they saved Vietnam 😂

    1. Unfortunate
      4 саат мурун

      Who's saying that? Because we left Vietnam and didn't spread democracy

  67. Rae Rae
    Rae Rae
    Күн мурун

    All that forest and jungle and lives for an unnecessary war

  68. Chris Smith
    Chris Smith
    Күн мурун

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

    1. zombelek
      9 саат мурун


  69. Chris Smith
    Chris Smith
    Күн мурун

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

    1. MinyMiles234
      4 саат мурун

      @Unfortunate That’s exactly what the people that run this country want you to think.

    2. Unfortunate
      4 саат 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

    3. MinyMiles234
      Күн мурун

      The united states is a fucking monster.

    4. Tennessee Boi
      Tennessee Boi
      Күн мурун

      You made 3 comments. are you done

  70. Chris Smith
    Chris Smith
    Күн мурун

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

    1. Dio Evaldo
      Dio Evaldo
      Күн мурун

      Us empire? Never heard it before 🙈

  71. AddictedToPorsche
    Күн мурун

    More like cheating on your finals and graduating with honors.

  72. bat wayne
    bat wayne
    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

  73. zeRo1242
    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.

  74. Angry trooper show
    Angry trooper show
    Күн мурун

    Its not USA fault. Its US army.

    1. Ploopy
      4 саат мурун

      Also the us government

  75. majungasaurusaaaa
    Күн мурун

    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.

  76. WayB _iiMaze
    WayB _iiMaze
    Күн мурун

    It never gone

  77. D-Free
    Күн мурун

    "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"

    1. Game Boy • 1999 years ago
      Game Boy • 1999 years ago
      10 саат мурун

      First Blood Reference 😢

  78. Joseph Stallin'
    Joseph Stallin'
    Күн мурун

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

  79. 1N73RC3P7OR
    Күн мурун

    When the sky starts playing Fortunate Son

  80. Not Myles
    Not Myles
    Күн мурун

    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 ❤️

  81. Tray Fryberger.
    Tray Fryberger.
    Күн мурун

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

  82. Sonia Torres
    Sonia Torres
    Күн мурун

    T95 ww2 tank video please!!!

  83. Ephraim Christen
    Ephraim Christen
    Күн мурун

    A fucking mess

    1. Tennessee Boi
      Tennessee Boi
      Күн мурун

      That whole war was

  84. Dale Miller
    Dale Miller
    2 күн мурун

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

  85. Stick in The mud
    Stick in The mud
    2 күн мурун

    Agent *y e l l o w*

  86. josiah fisher
    josiah fisher
    2 күн мурун

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

  87. neue milch
    neue milch
    2 күн мурун

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

  88. Mr. MarKofski
    Mr. MarKofski
    2 күн мурун

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

  89. kickinwings420
    2 күн мурун

    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.

  90. Mahou Aniki
    Mahou Aniki
    2 күн мурун

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

  91. Mark Pissedatutube
    Mark Pissedatutube
    2 күн мурун

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

  92. Exu
    2 күн мурун

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

  93. Daniella P.Stewart
    Daniella P.Stewart
    2 күн мурун

    Poor kids fucking war

  94. Lib Censorship
    Lib Censorship
    2 күн мурун

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

  95. Weaponized Toaster
    Weaponized Toaster
    2 күн мурун

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

    1. William West (student)
      William West (student)
      Күн мурун

      the true warcrime here

  96. Leatherturtle
    2 күн мурун

    WHOOOOO, WAR CRIMES! Thanks america.

  97. Sergeant_ Lolmaxx
    Sergeant_ Lolmaxx
    2 күн мурун

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

  98. Munich FX
    Munich FX
    2 күн мурун

    Narration and illustration are pretty cool.

  99. Doctor Rogers
    Doctor Rogers
    2 күн мурун

    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.

  100. Micahistory 2
    Micahistory 2
    2 күн мурун

    Please visit Micahistory 2, it would mean a lot!