Tet Offensive

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HistoryCentral.com > America's Wars > Vietnam War > Events > Tet Offensive

January 30, 1968

Tet Offensive


On the first day of the Tet (lunar New Year) truce, the Viet Cong launch their biggest offensive of the war. One thousand Viet Cong troops infiltrate the city of Saigon. The Communist troops capture the Citadel at Hue and seize part of the US embassy in Saigon. It takes nearly two weeks to completely rout out the Viet Cong troops. The attack is a military disaster for the Communists: they lose over 10,000 men and do not manage to hold any of their objectives. Nevertheless, the offensive marks a military victory for the Viet Cong. For many Americans who had believed the war was being won, the sight of Viet Cong troops holding the U.S. embassy is a rude awakening, and forces them to question the U.S. "true" position.

Buy Some Books on the Tet Offensive
The Tet Offensive 1968
Battle for Saigon, 1968 by Keith William Nolan
Fire in the Steets: Battle for HUE, Tet '68
Palace Gate: Under Siege in Hue City- Tet 1968
Tet Offensive Anthology
The Lost Battalion- Controversy in the Battle of Hue

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