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. pi guy

    pi guy3 soat oldin

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

  2. mathews valdez

    mathews valdez4 soat oldin

    bullets: people die agent orange: Earth die

  3. Geronimo553

    Geronimo55310 soat oldin

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

  4. Gaming Lee

    Gaming Lee12 soat oldin

    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

    Kayden Larry15 soat oldin

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

  6. Hamid Abrar Khan

    Hamid Abrar Khan15 soat oldin


  7. Brandon Michaels

    Brandon Michaels19 soat oldin

    The Fire that doesnt burn

  8. Gus Cord

    Gus Cord19 soat oldin

    R U on tiktok?

  9. Savillx Navm

    Savillx Navm20 soat oldin

    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

  10. Savillx Navm

    Savillx Navm20 soat oldin

    +:1:8:3:3:7:7:5:0:7:0:7;W/h/a/t/s/A/p/p/< With> / A/U/s/t/In/

  11. Amar Sanaa

    Amar Sanaa21 soat oldin

    I’m starting to think simple history is racist

  12. Lee M.

    Lee M.23 soat oldin

    This is far worse than the Holocaust....



    That the one them claim,to save the WORLD?

  14. Rukmali Abeysinghe

    Rukmali AbeysingheKun oldin

    do a video about the srilankan war

  15. ceerw buty

    ceerw butyKun oldin

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

  16. Mr. Flak

    Mr. FlakKun oldin

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

  17. Denise Rodgers

    Denise RodgersKun oldin

    Do about the Tiger 2

  18. BADD1ONE

    BADD1ONEKun oldin

    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.

  19. BADD1ONE

    BADD1ONEKun oldin

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

  20. ceerw buty

    ceerw butyKun oldin

    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.

  21. the pickle jar

    the pickle jarKun oldin

    Do the malayan uprising pla

  22. Anghus Morgenholz

    Anghus MorgenholzKun oldin

    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.

  23. z

    zKun oldin

    did the US pay any reparations for this war crime?

  24. Gopnik McBlyat

    Gopnik McBlyatKun oldin

    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

  25. Ailsa Ni

    Ailsa Ni2 kun oldin

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

  26. Johnny McNuggs

    Johnny McNuggs2 kun oldin

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

  27. _Grzechu_ #_#

    _Grzechu_ #_#2 kun oldin

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

  28. daniel hulson

    daniel hulson2 kun oldin

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

  29. daniel hulson

    daniel hulson2 kun oldin

    @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

  30. Ailsa Ni

    Ailsa Ni2 kun oldin

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

  31. Juan Roman

    Juan Roman2 kun oldin

    "Chemtrails are just a conspiracy theory"

  32. no use for a name

    no use for a name2 kun oldin

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

  33. 101 Taker

    101 Taker2 kun oldin

    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.

  34. guffylips

    guffylips2 kun oldin

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

  35. Scp High command

    Scp High command2 kun oldin

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

  36. THGAwesome

    THGAwesome2 kun oldin

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

  37. Harvest God

    Harvest God2 kun oldin

    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.

  38. Silver

    Silver2 kun oldin

    Because they don't care.

  39. Sims J

    Sims J2 kun oldin

    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.

  40. Juppie902

    Juppie9022 kun oldin

    2:04 : POV Rising Storm 2

  41. A Spanish Inquisitor

    A Spanish Inquisitor2 kun oldin

    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.

  42. Briskness -Matt-

    Briskness -Matt-3 kun oldin

    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.

  43. Sebastien Bonita

    Sebastien Bonita3 kun oldin

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

  44. uchihaRZA

    uchihaRZA3 kun oldin

    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...

  45. Old n Gold

    Old n Gold3 kun oldin

    Wait a minute . . . this isn't Sodom

  46. Tomo

    Tomo3 kun oldin

    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.

  47. eioshen boboi

    eioshen boboi3 kun oldin

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

  48. kinfmin

    kinfmin3 kun oldin

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

  49. eioshen boboi

    eioshen boboi3 kun oldin

    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.

  50. Jardos Plays

    Jardos Plays3 kun oldin

    Ahhh yes American war crimes. My favorite topic

  51. Ork

    Ork3 kun oldin

    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.

  52. CebuliX

    CebuliX3 kun oldin

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

  53. Ante Markoc

    Ante Markoc3 kun oldin

    They spray democracy 😉

  54. Dank Bonk ripper 65

    Dank Bonk ripper 654 kun oldin

    War crimes

  55. lanun si kucing

    lanun si kucing4 kun oldin

    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.

  56. YourBoi

    YourBoi4 kun oldin

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

  57. Kbear Gaming

    Kbear Gaming4 kun oldin

    Orange is sus

  58. sempre que você ler os comentários, eu estarei lá

    sempre que você ler os comentários, eu estarei lá4 kun oldin


  59. Eagle775

    Eagle7754 kun oldin

    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.

  60. soiung toiue

    soiung toiue4 kun oldin

    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

  61. Alpha.4608

    Alpha.46084 kun oldin

    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

  62. soiung toiue

    soiung toiue4 kun oldin

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

  63. Dick Salacious

    Dick Salacious4 kun oldin

    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

  64. November

    November4 kun oldin

    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.

  65. FallenActual

    FallenActual4 kun oldin

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

  66. 7

    74 kun oldin

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

  67. Sock

    Sock4 kun oldin

    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!


    SIN CENSURA4 kun oldin

    the ccp war

  69. Jake WeberZwier

    Jake WeberZwier4 kun oldin

    when you go hiking with your friends: 2:02

  70. MrUnseen

    MrUnseen4 kun oldin

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

  71. CT 0501

    CT 05014 kun oldin

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

  72. MarineSlayer

    MarineSlayer4 kun oldin


  73. Young BZ

    Young BZ4 kun oldin

    Fire that doesn't burn

  74. Huey Freeman

    Huey Freeman4 kun oldin

    wHy dO tHeY hAtE uS sO mUcH?

  75. Razor24 actual

    Razor24 actual4 kun oldin

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

  76. Journey to Nerd City

    Journey to Nerd City4 kun oldin

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

  77. Jo Smo

    Jo Smo4 kun oldin

    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

  78. Alvise Leòn Van Meijgaard

    Alvise Leòn Van Meijgaard4 kun oldin


  79. Z F

    Z F4 kun oldin

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

  80. Ahmed Mustafa

    Ahmed Mustafa4 kun oldin

    one of usa war crimes.

  81. Unfortunate

    Unfortunate4 kun oldin

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

  82. Rainier Richie Gunawan

    Rainier Richie Gunawan4 kun oldin

    1:30 to skip the sponsorship

  83. Kanzlei Krüger u. K.

    Kanzlei Krüger u. K.4 kun oldin

    My father died bc. of Agent Orange.

  84. soiung toiue

    soiung toiue4 kun oldin

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

  85. Charles Mouse

    Charles Mouse5 kun oldin

    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)

  86. Unfortunate

    Unfortunate4 kun oldin

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

  87. Chi Kit Leung

    Chi Kit Leung5 kun oldin

    Agent Orange - A fire that doesn't BURN

  88. 아재옆집

    아재옆집5 kun oldin

    I see where Matrix got their ideas

  89. soiung toiue

    soiung toiue4 kun oldin

    Another quality product brought to you by Monsanto

  90. Lokket99

    Lokket995 kun oldin

    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.

  91. N3RD F0XX0

    N3RD F0XX05 kun oldin

    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

  92. Brent James

    Brent James5 kun oldin

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

  93. Toivo J

    Toivo J5 kun oldin

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


    THEFUTURE KID5 kun oldin

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

  95. KoolAid

    KoolAid5 kun oldin

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

  96. Seth K.

    Seth K.5 kun oldin

    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.

  97. Penis Man

    Penis Man4 kun oldin

    There are plenty of good Vietnam games

  98. Seth K.

    Seth K.5 kun oldin

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

  99. Gerhart Vondrivesabus

    Gerhart Vondrivesabus5 kun oldin

    I dont know how americans can support their military sometimes.

  100. Unfortunate

    Unfortunate4 kun oldin

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

  101. Seth K.

    Seth K.5 kun oldin

    It's sickening.

  102. rebellorebellion

    rebellorebellion5 kun oldin

    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

  103. Sarah Gesheft

    Sarah Gesheft2 kun oldin

    Thank him for his service.

  104. d.o.m jones

    d.o.m jones5 kun oldin

    acid not fun no moe -:(

  105. Sidemen Rule

    Sidemen Rule5 kun oldin

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

  106. MarMar The First

    MarMar The First5 kun oldin

    Agent Orange knows I like nanoaugmentation technology.

  107. Mason Jones

    Mason Jones5 kun oldin

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

  108. The Shocker

    The Shocker5 kun oldin

    Another quality product brought to you by Monsanto

  109. Tsarbombacrazy88 Tsar bomba

    Tsarbombacrazy88 Tsar bomba5 kun oldin

    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.

  110. Sarah Gesheft

    Sarah Gesheft2 kun oldin

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

  111. Comrade Orange

    Comrade Orange5 kun oldin

    thx for finally making a video about me :D

  112. Diego Braga

    Diego Braga5 kun oldin

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

  113. Sarah Gesheft

    Sarah Gesheft2 kun oldin

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

  114. Unfortunate

    Unfortunate4 kun oldin

    Better than the ussr

  115. Stefan Jelin

    Stefan Jelin5 kun oldin

    Video starts at 1:27

  116. Lucas Ono

    Lucas Ono5 kun oldin

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

  117. Chris Smith

    Chris Smith5 kun oldin

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

  118. David Cortes

    David Cortes5 kun oldin

    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

  119. whateveruwant

    whateveruwant5 kun oldin

    war crime by the US

  120. Ploopy

    Ploopy4 kun oldin

    @Unfortunate still

  121. Unfortunate

    Unfortunate4 kun oldin

    Not at the time

  122. Cerr Gaming

    Cerr Gaming5 kun oldin

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

  123. vbddfy euuyt

    vbddfy euuyt5 kun oldin

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