Perna Content is now in production of The Deer Team, an interactive documentary presents new footage, new commentary and new perspectives on crucial historical events in the context of current events, issues and emotions. Deer Team will focus on little-known experiences that, it turned out, had major ramifications.
Few Americans know that the U.S. and the Communist-led Viet Minh, headed by the ascetic revolutionary Ho Chi Minh were allies in 1945 as they fought the Japanese occupation of Indochina. The Viet Minh helped downed U.S. pilots and gathered intelligence for the Office of Strategic Services, precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency. Viet Minh intelligence helped U.S. Army Air Force Gen. Claire Chennault and his “Flying Tigers’’ make more accurate bombing runs against Japanese forces. The OSS, in turn, provided the Viet Minh with much needed medicines, weapons and training. What if the nations had remained allies?