The tet offensive of january 1968 has been much studied from the american perspective, but what did the north vietnamese think about it. During the buddhist holiday of tet, over 80,000 vietcong troops emerged from their tunnels and attacked nearly every major metropolitan center in south vietnam surprise strikes were made at the american base at danang, and even the seemingly impenetrable american embassy in saigon was attacked during the. Growing impatient with the slow chug of a stagnant war, in 1968 the north vietnamese authorities planned a major offensive that they hoped would produce a decisive victory launched on 30 january 1968, the tet offensive did not deliver the anticipated fatal blow, but it did help turn the tide of the vietnam. Vietnamese lunar new year, tet, is traditionally marked by nationally-observed, lively, community-based celebrations in 1968, however, when the vietnam war had been rumbling on for 12 years, the late january holiday was strategically chosen by the north vietnamese and communist viet cong forces as. Among the many milestones that marked the tortuous path of vietnam war, the tet offensive stands out the coordinated series of attacks by north vietnamese forces, timed with the vietnamese new year celebration, was technically a win for the south and its american allies — but for americans watching. On friday, jan 26, 2018, the newseum will open its latest exhibit, “the marines and tet: the battle that changed the vietnam war” the innovative exhibit will feature 20 large-format photographs from the 1968 tet offensive and 10 tactile versions of those photographs with touch-activated sensors that.
Last month marked the fiftieth anniversary of the start of the tet offensive yesterday i had the good fortune to discuss the lessons of tet with three experts on the vietnam war, frances fitzgerald, fredrik logevall, and lien-hang nguyen you can watch our discussion below. Find out more about the history of tet offensive, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more get all the facts on historycom. The tet offensive of early 1968 marked the death of american optimism about the course of the vietnam war. Please consider supporting our videos on patreon simplehistory as celebration of the lunar new year, the 'tet' is an important holida.
Nowhere was this truer than during the 1968 tet offensive in late january, beginning on the most sacred of vietnamese holidays, communist forces launched a sweeping assault across the breadth of south vietnam the offensive shook the american military command and, perhaps more importantly, the. Have the lessons of tet been fully learned by the us military.
A pivotal event of the vietnam conflict which turned american public opinion against the war respect to the brave men who fought here. 1968 was a year like no other, and throughout this year sunday morning will be taking occasional looks back we begin this morning in vietnam, with the tet offensive, which began 50 years ago this coming tuesday david martin has the story of the conflict in one frontline city:. Fifty years ago this week, americans watched a furious battle half a world away play out in their living rooms in nearly real time the tet offensive was named for its timing with the lunar new year, called tet the attack at the beginning of the year of the monkey was a gamble by north vietnam and its viet.
Just before the end of january 1968, south vietnam's communist guerilla force, the viet cong, launched an unprecedented offensive in coordination with the north vietnamese army that would change the course of the vietnam war the tet offensive saw the vc and the nva attack all of south vietnam's. From 30-31 january 1968, 70,000 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. On january 31, 1968, vietnamese communist forces launched surprise attacks on more than one hundred south vietnamese towns and cities in what came to be known as the tet offensive the event would subsequently be viewed as a pivotal moment in us history, one that destroyed the confidence of. The tet offensive, a wave of communist attacks throughout south vietnam, began on jan 30 and 31, 1968 it achieved partial surprise american commanders had known something was coming, but they had not expected such a widespread pattern of attacks partly this was because they had been.
In the tet offensive of 1968, viet cong and north vietnamese forces launched a massive countrywide attack on south vietnam though the communists failed to achieve their tactical and operational objectives, james willbanks claims hanoi won a strategic victory the offensive proved that america's progress was grossly. The tet offensive australian soldiers of the 7th battalion, the royal australian regiment, wear american helmets and flak jackets as they stand guard outside the hotel canberra in saigon during the tet offensive the building was fortified and guarded because the viet cong specifically targeted urban establishments.
How the tet offensive undermined american faith in government fifty years ago, the january 1968 battle laid bare the way us leaders had misled the public about the war in vietnam president lyndon b johnson and gen william westmoreland in vietnam on december 25, 1967, a month before the. The us military fought with disciplined determination into 1968, but after the tet offensive, disastrous crime, drug and morale problems poisoned the army. The role of tet offensive in the history of the united states of america.
Tet-offensive on jan 30, 1968, vietnamese communists attacked the american embassy in saigon for several hours they held the embassy grounds, inflicting injury and damage and trapping a small group of us military and diplomatic personnel within the embassy the assailants failed ever to enter the building, and all. Us involvement in the vietnam war: the tet offensive, 1968 in late january, 1968, during the lunar new year (or “tet”) holiday, north vietnamese and communist viet cong forces launched a coordinated attack against a number of targets in south vietnam the us and south vietnamese militaries sustained heavy. Fifty years ago on tuesday, communist forces launched the assaults across south vietnam known as the tet offensive the offensive marked an inflection point in the vietnam war president lyndon johnson denied a request the following month from his military commander in vietnam, william. The tet offensive or officially called the general offensive and uprising of tet mau than 1968 by north vietnam and the nlf, was one of the largest military campaigns of the vietnam war, launched on january 30, 1968, by forces of the viet cong and north vietnamese people's army of vietnam against the forces of the.