Tet Offensive And Its Impact On The Vietnam War

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Tet Offensive The Tet Offensive received its name from the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, the American public and further holiday called Tet (Tet Offensive n.p.).The series of surprise attacks that the North Vietnam and Viet Cong forces launched to attack many of South Vietnam cities and U.S. Embassy in Saigon is known today as the Tet Offensive. The Tet Offensive played a role in the Vietnam War and was considered to many Americans, soldiers, and even the President as a turning point in the war. The United States and South Vietnam forces were allies and managed to hold off the surprise communist attacks. The Tet Offensive led into The Battle of Hue, a lengthy battle that shocked and dismayed the American public and further eroded support for the war effort (Tet Offensive n.p.). The Tet Offensive lead to many difficulties throughout the Vietnam War. It was a victory to North Vietnam and Viet Cong forces, leaving damage to much of South Vietnam. January 30, 1968, 70,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces had launched the Tet Offensive, which were fierce surprise attacks to Central South Vietnam. These attacks established many of the first views that Americans had seen first hand that were put out for them to see. General Vo Nguyen Giap, “leader of the Communist People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN), planned the offensive in an attempt both to foment rebellion among the South Vietnamese population and encourage the United States to scale back its support of the…
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