To what extent can the Tet Offensive of 1968 be described as a key turning point in the Vietnam War in the Years 1963-73? (30 marks)

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To what extent can the Tet Offensive of 1968 be described as a key turning point in the Vietnam War in the Years 1963-73? (30 marks) The Tet Offensive could be described as a key turning point because it shook USA’s confidence in winning the war, both sides changed their tactics and also because it led to a decrease of support for the war in the USA. However there were many other key turning points such as the Gulf of Tonkin incident, the attack at Pleiku and the Battle of Ac Bac. Overall the Tet Offensive could be described as a key turning point compared with the others. The Tet Offensive could be described as a key turning point because it made the USA become reluctant to increase their involvement in the war. During the Tet…show more content…
A turning point in the Vietnam War was the Battle of Ac Bac 1963. This is where the Vietcong won the fight between the ARVN despite their superior fire power, and the fact that the Vietcong were outnumbered four to one. It was a turning point because it suggested the ARVN were weak and easily defeated, therefore more troops were needed to solve this problem. Overall there were many other turning points other than the Tet Offensive 1968 in the Vietnam War, such as the Gulf of Tonkin incident, the attack at Pleiku and the Battle of Ac Bac. However The Tet Offensive was the key turning point, this is because it shook USA’s previous confidence in winning the war, it reduced their morale. This is shown by the USA believing Tet was a defeat, even though it was technically a win e.g. the Vietcong were nearly wiped out with their loss of 50000 men. It also led to many events such as the public protests and the changes in tactics. It also led to a key event in the war, which was the withdrawal of the US i.e. their policy of

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