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Saigon 1968

Anthony James Joes

in Urban Guerrilla Warfare

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780813124377
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134833 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813124377.003.0006
Saigon 1968

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Amid heavy losses in personnel and morale, the Communist Party Central Committee in Hanoi planned for a surprise offensive against American and allied forces during the Tet holidays of 1968. What was surprising about the Tet Offensive was that it called for the communists to abandon their guerrilla tactics and expose themselves to overwhelming American and allied firepower, particularly in Saigon. When none of their plans worked and no popular uprising came to support them, the Viet Congs were soundly defeated. Although the loss proved to be a turning point for the North Vietnamese, who have since favored the use of conventional warfare, the American public grew even more disillusioned with the war mainly as a consequence of how it was portrayed in the media. With the antiwar sentiment growing in the US, President Lyndon Johnson agreed to withdraw American troops from Vietnam. Without the help of its allies, South Vietnam continued to fight the North Vietnamese army for another two and a half years before Saigon fell in 1975.

Keywords: Saigon; Vietnam war; Tet Offensive; communism; guerrilla warfare; Viet Congs; mass uprising; news media

Chapter.  6394 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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