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Tuesday, 25 April, 2000, 13:53 GMT 14:53 UK
In pictures: Fall of Saigon
America's involvement in Vietnam came to an end on 30 April 1975 when the last marines were evacuated from the embassy roof and the incoming North Vietnamese Army smashed through the gates of the Independence Palace. These are pictures from those final hours:

The scramble to escape at the US embassy
The scramble to escape at the US embassy


North Vietnamese troops march into Saigon
North Vietnamese troops march into Saigon


The last evacuation of US troops
The last evacuation of US troops from the embassy


NVA tanks smash through the palace gates
NVA tanks smash through the palace gates


Triumphant soldiers raise the flag
Triumphant soldiers raise the flag at the palace


Burning truck
A truck is set on fire after the fall of Saigon


South Vietnamese uniforms lie discarded in the street
South Vietnamese uniforms lie discarded in the street


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