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The 1968 Tet Offensive and Accelerated Pacification

Thomas L. Ahern

in Vietnam Declassified

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125619
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135342 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125619.003.0014
The 1968 Tet Offensive and Accelerated Pacification

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The urban focus of the Tet offensive meant that cadre program installations in the province towns got more attention from the enemy than teams operating in the hamlets. According to early reporting from the field, the only province in which the Viet Cong made pacification operations a major target was Ninh Thuan, on the coast in lower Central Vietnam. Many provincial advisers saw their installations come under determined assault. At My Tho, in the Mekong Delta, the defenders of the agency compound fought off Viet Cong attackers who destroyed the separate Census-Grievance and Revolutionary Development (RD) Cadre offices and seized and damaged the RD warehouse. The military defeat also gravely weakened the communist administrative and political organization, the so-called Viet Cong infrastructure, many of whose members had been reassigned to the local forces participating in the offensive.

Keywords: Tet offensive; cadre program; Viet Cong; pacification; Ninh Thuan; At My Tho; Revolutionary Development; Mekong Delta; communists

Chapter.  11181 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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