• THE TET OFFENSIVE 1968

    The Tet Offensive 1968 was one of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnam War held by North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and the Viet Cong (National Liberation Front) against South Vietnam, the United States and their allies. The Tet Offensive 1968

    THE TET OFFENSIVE 1968

    The Tet Offensive was one of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnam War held by North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and the Viet Cong (National Liberation Front) against South Vietnam, the United States and their allies. The campaign consisting of multiple surprise attacks was launched in the early morning of January 30, 1968 – the first day of Tet (Lunar New Year) in South Vietnam.

    THE TET OFFENSIVE 1968 VIETNAMRIDER

    THE TET OFFENSIVE 1968 - VIETNAMRIDER

    HOW IT BEGAN

    In the fall of 1967, the North Vietnamese Army began to conducted a series of attacks on American garrisons in the central of Vietnam, near Laos and Cambodia borders. On January 21, 1968, the NVA launched a massive bombardment to the marine stronghold at Khe Sanh. To avoid another “Dien Bien Phu”, General Westmoreland began to focus more efforts on strengthening the region. However, that seemed like a trap set up by the NVA. The more forces transferred to Khe Sanh, the less alert the troops in other South Vietnamese cities became. Seizing the opportunity, in the early morning of January 30th 1968, the NVA and Viet Cong launched a massive offensive throughout South Vietnam, which was later widely known as the Tet Offensive.

    THE TET OFFENSIVE 1968 VIETNAMRIDER

    THE TET OFFENSIVE 1968 - VIETNAMRIDER

    WHAT HAPPENED

    In the next morning after the first attacks, around 80,000 communists soldiers spread all over South Vietnam. More than 100 towns and cities, including 36 provincial capitals, five autonomous cities, 72 district towns were under attack. Most attacks targeted government building and military bases. Despite initial surprise from both the U.S. and South Vietnamese Army as there was a prior Tet Truce during the Tet celebration, they quickly reacted and inflicted massive casualties on their enemy. In most of the places, local militia and ARVN forces held the defence, the communists were driven out within two or three days. However, in some other cities such as Saigon, Kon Tum, Can Tho, Ben Tre, fierce battles continued for days.

    THE TET OFFENSIVE 1968 VIETNAMRIDER

    THE TET OFFENSIVE 1968 - VIETNAMRIDER


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