The Tet Offensive: the turning point in the Vietnam War

A cease-fire began on January 30, 1968 for the Vietnamese new year of Tet, which falls onthe first new moon of January. On January 31, 1968 the Viet Cong broke theircease-fire and attacked many cities and provinces throughout South Vietnam. In Saigon, asmall number of VC (19) were able to reach the American Embassy grounds, but did not gain entryinto the embassy itself.

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The role of Tet Offensive in the history of the United States of America.
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When Operation Rolling Thunder began in 1965, only 15 percent of the American public opposed the war effort in Vietnam. As late as January 1968, only a few weeks before Tet, only 28 percent of the American public labeled themselves "doves." But by April 1968, six weeks after the , outnumbered 42 to 41 percent.

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The Wall Street Journal published an interview with Bui Tin who served on the GeneralStaff of the North Vietnam Army and received the unconditional surrender of South Vietnamon April 30, 1975. During the interview Mr. Tin was asked if the American antiwar movementwas important to Hanoi's victory. Mr. Tin responded "It was essential to ourstrategy", referring to the war being fought on two fronts, the Vietnam battlefieldand back home in America through the antiwar movement on college campuses and in the citystreets. He further stated the North Vietnamese leadership listened to the Americanevening news broadcasts "to follow the growth of the American antiwar movement."Visits to Hanoi made by persons such as Jane Fonda, former Attorney General Ramsey Clarkand various church ministers "gave us confidence that we should hold on in the faceof battlefield reverses." Mr. Tin surmised, "America lost because of itsdemocracy; through dissent and protest it lost the ability to mobilize a will towin." Mr. Tin further advised that General Vo Nguyen Giap (Commanding General of theNorth Vietnam Army) had advised him the 1968 Tet Offensive had been a defeat.

The fighting that made up the Tet Offensive lasted for several days in some South Vietnamese cities
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intelligence two months before.

Only 28% of the American people were satisfied with President Johnson's handling of the war. The Tet Offensive convinced many Americans that government statements about the war being nearly over were false. After three years of intense bombing, billions of dollars and 500,000 troops, the VC proved themselves capable of attacking anywhere they chose. The message was simple: this war was almost over. The end was nowhere in sight.

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A panel of historians looked back 50 years at the ’s Tet Offensive, which started on January 30, 1968 as Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces attacking more than 100 cities, towns and outposts across a broad swath of South Vietnam. Also speaking was former , a former U.S. Army sergeant who served in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. This event took place at the National Archives in Washington, DC.

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By the end of 1966, North Vietnam had suffered large causalities in manpower andsupplies through the bombing of the North and the fighting in the South. They consider thewar was at a stalemate. North Vietnam would need a major victory if they would continue onwith the war. Thus the planning for what is known as the Tet Offensive began with GeneralGiap (Commanding General of the North Vietnam Army) and his staff.

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It should be noted that NVA units who were not participating in the Khe Sanh siege supported the VC in their attacks on the cities during the Tet Offensive.