The Turning Point in the Vietnam War

Author: Don Oberdorfer

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801867033

Category: History

Page: 385

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Finalist for the 1971 National Book Award In early 1968, Communist forces in Vietnam launched a surprise offensive that targeted nearly every city, town, and major military base throughout South Vietnam. For several hours, the U.S. embassy in Saigon itself came under siege by Viet Cong soldiers. Militarily, the offensive was a failure, as the North Vietnamese Army and its guerrilla allies in the south suffered devastating losses. Politically, however, it proved to be a crucial turning point in America's involvement in Southeast Asia and public opinion of the war. In this classic work of military history and war reportage—long considered the definitive history of Tet and its aftermath—Don Oberdorfer moves back and forth between the war and the home front to document the lasting importance of this military action. Based on his own observations as a correspondent for the Washington Post and interviews with hundreds of people who were caught up in the struggle, Tet! remains an essential contribution to our understanding of the Vietnam War.
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Intelligence Failure in War

Author: James J. Wirtz

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 1501713353

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 1817

In this account of one of the worst intelligence failures in American
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Politics, War, and Public Opinion

Author: David F. Schmitz

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742544864

Category: History

Page: 183

View: 6071

On January 30, 1968 approximately 84,000 North Vietnamese Army and National Liberation Front forces launched nearly simultaneous attacks against over 100 cities and military installations in South Vietnam. The well-coordinated urban attacks came during the most sacred of Vietnamese holidays and caught American commanders by surprise. The results of the Tet Offensive were monumental, tens of thousands were killed and many more wounded. But its importance goes far beyond its military outcome to the powerful political, psychological, and economic impact in the United States. In this new work, historian David F. Schmitz analyzes what is arguably the most important event in the history of the Vietnam conflict. Schmitz situates the Tet Offensive in the context of American foreign policy and the state of the war up to 1968 while carefully considering the impact of the media on American public opinion. Through his up-to-date analysis of recently available sources, Schmitz works to dispel myths and clarify the central debates surrounding this pivotal event that brought an end to American escalation of the war and led to LBJ's decision to withdraw from the presidential race."
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the Communist offensive that marked the beginning of America's defeat in Vietnam

Author: Phạm-văn-Son,Văn Sơn Phạm

Publisher: Documentary Book

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 490

View: 2971

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Author: Richard Worth

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438121539

Category: Tet Offensive, 1968

Page: N.A

View: 547

Details the pivotal battle of the Vietnam War, when Vietcong forces attacked major cities throughout South Vietnam during the Vietnamese New Year holiday.
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Author: Pegi Deitz Shea,Cynthia Weill

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 145214110X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 36

View: 6713

It's time for Tet! This vibrant, unique counting book introduces children to the rich traditions of the Vietnamese New Year. A playful village of mice lead young readers through the joyful celebration, as exquisitely embroidered illustrations recreate ten scenes of preparation, gift giving, feasting, and firework displays. With simple text followed by an informative afterword, Ten Mice for Tet is a joyful tribute to a special holiday.
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A Concise History

Author: James H. Willbanks

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 023112841X

Category: History

Page: 264

View: 7500

Of notes from March 26, 1968, meeting between President Lyndon Johnson and the wise men -- President Johnson's address to the nation announcing his decision not to seek reelection, March 31, 1968 -- Resources -- General works -- Lyndon Johnson and the war -- The Tet Offensive -- The battle of Hue -- The siege of Khe Sanh -- The hill fights and border battles -- President Lyndon B. Johnson and the media -- Military intelligence and Tet -- U.S. strategy in Vietnam -- Combat after-action reports and command histories -- Microfilm/microfiche -- Documentary films -- Electronic resources -- Web sites -- CD-ROMs -- Archives and libraries.
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Author: Mary Englar

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 0756538440

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 2083

Examines the key events that took place in January 1968, during Tet, the Vietnamese new year, causing many Americans to turn against continuing the war.
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Intelligence and the Public Perception of War

Author: Jake Blood

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415349970

Category: History

Page: 212

View: 9356

A close examination of the role of intelligence in shaping America’s perception of the Vietnam War, looking closely at the intelligence leadership and decision process. In 1967, intelligence was called upon to bolster support for the Vietnam War and allowed America’s leaders to portray a ‘bankrupt’ enemy ready to quit the battlefield. The audacious Tet Offensive of 1968 shattered this image and although it ended with an American military victory, it is remembered as the juncture when American support turned against the war. Public opinion on the war was a primary concern for the Johnson Administration, and US intelligence played a decisive role in providing an overly optimistic view of the enemy’s demise. As the "bankrupt" enemy attacked with a ferocity and intensity that shocked the American public, intelligence had set-up the American public for a fall. How, Americans wanted to know, could an enemy whose numbers had been so decimated now launch such an all-out offensive? From this examination and an understanding of how the enemy viewed itself, the conclusion is made that four severe breaches of intelligence etiquette occurred during the period leading up to Tet. This phenomenon is the ‘Tet effect’ – the loss of credibility when leaders portray a situation based upon intelligence that is shown to be disingenuous. This book will be of great interest to students of the Vietnam war, intelligence and strategic studies in general.
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Turning Point of the Vietnam War

Author: N.A

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 9780756516239

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

View: 4007

Discusses the key people and events of the surprise attack launched by the North Vietnamese army and the Viet Cong in 1968.
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Revisiting the Tet Offensive

Author: James S Robbins

Publisher: Encounter Books

ISBN: 1594036489

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 7520

Most of what Americans have heard about the Tet Offensive is wrong. The brief battles in early 1968 during the Vietnam conflict marked the dividing line between gradual progress toward possible victory and slow descent to a humiliating defeat. That the enemy was handily defeated on the ground was considered immaterial; that it could mount attacks at all was deemed a military triumph for the Communists. This persistent view of Tet is a defeatist story line that continues to inspire America’s foreign enemies and its domestic critics of the use of force abroad. In This Time We Win, James S. Robbins at last provides an antidote to the flawed Tet mythology still shaping the perceptions of American military conflicts against unconventional enemies and haunting our troops in combat. In his re-examination of the Tet Offensive, Robbins analyzes the Tet battles and their impact through the themes of terrorism, war crimes, intelligence failure, troop surges, leadership breakdown, and media bias. The result is an explosion of the conventional wisdom about this infamous surge, one that offers real lessons for today’s unconventional wars. Without a clear understanding of these lessons, we will find ourselves refighting the Tet Offensive again and again.
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Understanding the Surprise

Author: Captain Ronnie E. Ford

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136301089

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 3991

This book brings to light many aspects of the Tet offensive of 1968, an event acknowledged as the turning-point of the Vietnam War. Using previously unseen Communist Vietnamese documents combined with sources of Western origin, the author provides a more accurate version of the events, their significance, and reveals the crucial role played by US intelligence.
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A Brief History with Documents

Author: William Thomas Allison

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135909881

Category: History

Page: 188

View: 7647

With Americans turning against the war in ever greater numbers, struggles for power between the government and the military, and no end in sight to the fighting, the Tet Offensive of 1968 proved to be the turning point of the Vietnam War. In The Tet Offensive, historian William Thomas Allison provides a clear, concise overview of the major events and issues surrounding the Tet Offensive, and compiles carefully selected primary sources to illustrate the complex military, political, and public decisions that made up Tet. The Tet Offensive is composed of two parts: an accessible, well-illustrated narrative overview, and a collection of core primary source documents. Throughout the narrative, historiographic questions are addressed within the text to highlight discussion among historians over pivotal points of debate. The objectively selected documents provide students with raw material from which to gain insight into these events through their own analysis, and to improve their ability to discuss and understand the importance of historical scholarship. Approachable and insightful, The Tet Offensive is not only a great introduction to reading history through primary sources, it is an essential tool for understanding what made the Tet Offensive such an important turning point of the Vietnam War.
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the New Year

Author: Kim-Lan Tran

Publisher: Modern Curriculum Pr

ISBN: 9780813622491

Category: Education

Page: 23

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The children in Ms. Kim's class put on their own celebration of Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, for Huy Ly and his father, recent immigrants from Vietnam
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Author: Charlie Samuels

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group

ISBN: 1482404370

Category: JUVENILE NONFICTION

Page: 48

View: 8249

The Tet Offensive of 1968 was the turning point of the Vietnam War. It convinced many Americans that the war could not be won. In this book, readers will learn about the different factions of the war: the North Vietnamese Army, the Viet Cong, the South Vietnamese, and the American military forces. They will learn about the strategies of each side that led to the eventual fall of South Vietnam in 1975. Stunning photographs, sidebars delving into various aspects of the war, and a detailed timeline make this book a valuable look into a complicated conflict.
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The Breakout of 2/12th Cavalry at Hue

Author: Charles Krohn

Publisher: Naval Institute Press

ISBN: 1612512070

Category: History

Page: 210

View: 3316

Published to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, this new paperback edition brings back into print a book that became an essential source for a 2006 study of the battle by the U.S. Army s Center of Military History. It takes a critical look at what went wrong in early 1968 during one of the first engagements of Tet, when a U.S. infantry battalion was ordered to attack a large North Vietnamese force near Hue City without air or artillery support. The tragic military foul-up resulted in over 60 percent casualties for the 2d Battalion, 12th Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, when the soldiers were surrounded by the enemy and began running out of ammunition. The bold decision by battalion commander Lt. Col. Richard Sweet to break out with his remaining soldiers under cover of darkness saved this encirclement from being a total disaster. Author Charles Krohn, the unit s intelligence officer at the time, provides a much-needed analysis of what took place and fills his account with details that have been confirmed as factual by other survivors. Krohn examines the battalion s involvement in two other major attacks for lessons learned when vital systems break down lessons, he says, that are timeless and applicable anywhere. This book is published in cooperation with the Association of the United States Army.
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Author: Erik Villard

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 178289361X

Category: History

Page: 87

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[Includes 10 maps, 5 illustrations] “This monograph focuses on the battles of Quang Tri City and Hue that took place during the 1968 Tet offensive. The offensive itself, an all-out effort by Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces to overrun the major cities of South Vietnam, marked the turning point of the Vietnam War. Although the attacks were costly failures in military terms, they set the United States on a path of disengagement from the war that ultimately led to the fall of Saigon some seven years later. The battles for the two northernmost provincial capitals in South Vietnam, Quang Tri City and Hue, are particularly worth examining because the enemy regarded them as key objectives, second only to Saigon, the national capital. To a large extent, the success or failure of the offensive depended on what happened there. The battles tell us much about how the enemy prepared for the offensive, why he achieved a high degree of surprise and initial success, and why his attacks ultimately failed. The battle for Quang Tri City, a textbook example of a vertical envelopment, resulted in a quick allied victory. The fight for Hue turned into a slow, grinding campaign of attrition that lasted nearly a month before the enemy was finally defeated. Together, they offer instruction on the strengths and limitations of airmobile warfare and a primer on urban fighting in a counterinsurgency environment, subjects that continue to be a major Army interest throughout the world.”
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