Vietnam War Dictionary


Demilitarized zone

Created by the 1954 Geneva cease-fire agreement, the DMZ was a six-mile wide buffer zone centered on the 17th Parallel that separated North and South Vietnam.

Ir was intended to last only 300 days before elections were held to reunify the country. However, as a non-signatory South Vietnam refused to hold the elections and the divide remained in place until the end of the Vietnam War.