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Tet Offensive: Walter Cronkite, Television Coverage, and American Identity
The Tet Offensive
This article was excerpted from Steven F. Use very strong military attacks in coordination with the uprisings of the local population to take over towns and cities. Troops should flood the lowlands. They should move toward liberating the capital city [Saigon], take power and try to rally enemy brigades and regiments to our side one by one. Propaganda should be broadly disseminated among the population in general, and leaflets should be used to reach enemy officers and enlisted personnel. Hence it received little emphasis by U. The North Vietnamese also unleashed a ferocious attack on the U.
It had been jungle warfare, with small U. When the enemy did initiate attack, it quickly faded back into the bush when faced with superior U. That dynamic changed overnight Jan. Marines carry a wounded man to a helicopter pad on Khe Sanh base to be evacuated on Jan. The base was hit by North Vietnames mortar and artillery fire. Within days of what would be called the Tet Offensive, 80, Viet Cong — South Vietnamese allied with the Communist north — and North Vietnamese soldiers had attacked more than towns and cities across South Vietnam.
From January , 70, North Vietnamese soldiers, together with guerrilla fighters of the NLF, launched one of the most daring military campaigns in history. The Tet Offensive was the real turning point in the Vietnam War. On its 40th anniversary, Alan Woods analysed the events that led to the Vietnam War and the significance of the Tet Offensive in bringing about the defeat of US imperialism, and drew some parallels with Iraq. But these figures pale in insignificance beside the horrific casualties suffered by the Vietnamese. Almost 1,, North and South Vietnamese were killed in action.
When Americans wince upon hearing presidents make proclamations about foreign policy, the legacy of the Tet Offensive looms large. On January 30, at the start of the sacred Vietnamese holiday of Tet, which celebrated the start of the new lunar year, the North Vietnamese and the Vietcong launched a massive military offensive that proved the battle raging in Southeast Asia was far from over, and that President Lyndon B. Although U. The Tet offensive came after several months of the North Vietnamese modifying their strategy. Rather than a battle of attrition, the leadership planned to launch a massive assault that aimed to undermine the morale of the South Vietnamese as well as the American public. Since December, the North Vietnamese had been conducting a series of attacks meant to send U. Johnson and his military advisors fell for the trick.
Last month, I did a series of posts commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of U. Today marks another significant date in the Vietnam War: the fortieth anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. To mark that anniversary, here are forty quotes that tell the story of the Vietnam War. Wars and Conflict. But even at those odds, you will lose and I will win. This immediate and vital interest has in consequence taken precedence over active steps looking toward the realization of our objectives in Indochina.