The Laotian Civil War was a revolutionary national liberation war that led to the founding of the Lao People's Democratic Republic in 1975. Laos declared independence from the French colonizers on 12 October 1945. The French soon invaded Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia with British and Statesian support. The Lao People's Armed Forces was founded on 20 January 1949.
The CIA created an army of 30,000 people from across Asia to fight against Lao communists. Between 1965 and 1973, the Air Force dropped over two million tons of bombs on Laos, killing hundreds of thousands and forcing many more to live in caves.