Tet offensive

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Tet offensive,

1968, a series of crucial battles in the Vietnam WarVietnam War,
conflict in Southeast Asia, primarily fought in South Vietnam between government forces aided by the United States and guerrilla forces aided by North Vietnam. The war began soon after the Geneva Conference provisionally divided (1954) Vietnam at 17° N lat.
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. On Jan. 31, 1968, the first day of the celebration of the lunar new year, Vietnam's most important holiday, the Vietnamese Communists launched a major offensive throughout South Vietnam. It took weeks for U.S. and South Vietnamese troops to retake all of the captured cities, including the former imperial capital of Hue. Although the offensive was not militarily successful for the Vietnamese Communists, it was a political and psychological victory for them. It dramatically contradicted optimistic claims by the U.S. government that the war had already been won.


See J. J. Wirtz, Tet Offensive (1992).

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The Tet Offensive demonstrated that the war was unwinnable.
The resulting Tet Offensive was, without exception, a battlefield loss for NVA and VC forces.
The entries follow the war chronologically and relate to topics in the First Indochina War, the Diem years, the Gulf of Tonkin and escalation, American buildup, the Tet Offensive, events on the home front, Vietnamization and the Nixon years, the war in Cambodia and Laos, pacification, US withdrawal and the Paris Peace Accords, South Vietnam from 1973 to 1974, North Vietnam triumphs, and the aftermath.
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Here the Tet Offensive of 1968 is as instructive as it was decisive, because the enemy was able to achieve strategic surprise on Westmoreland by mounting a nationwide offensive after both our military and political leaders had assured the country we were winning.
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