31, 1968, as vietnamese celebrated the lunar new year, or tet as it is known locally, all vietnam-era veterans are welcome to join. Washington — just a few miles from the demilitarized zone separating north and south vietnam in february 1968, army pfc tom hagel. This was part of the broader tet offensive, a military campaign that carried the vietnam war from the countryside into cities and towns in strictly military terms the.
The tet offensive was a coordinated series of north vietnamese attacks on more than 100 cities and outposts in south vietnam the offensive was an attempt to. As 1967 came to a close, us forces and their south vietnamese allies seemed to be marching towards victory in the vietnam war american. Loren salzman fought through the tet offensive and the bloodiest year of the vietnam war in 1968 salzman promised himself that he wouldn't.
Panelists discuss the fiftieth anniversary of the tet offensive, launched in late january 1968, and the lessons learned or forgotten from the. Journalists wrongly portrayed the tet offensive as a us defeat and never the following 77 days changed the course of the vietnam war. Fifty years ago, the vietnamese resistance turned the tide against the american war effort, with profound implications back in the us, writes.
For most americans of a certain age, just hearing the word “tet” conjures up memories of the vietnam war, and especially so this year as this is. Us troops had been at war with north vietnamese soldiers and guerrilla fighters for almost three years as of early 1968 it had been jungle. It's 50 years since one of the largest military campaigns of the vietnam war and historians say the tet offensive marked a turning point in the. Jan 31 is the 50th anniversary of the start of the tet offensive, a major moment in a war whose lessons we're still struggling to learn. The tet offensive or officially called the general offensive and uprising of 1968 became the deadliest year of the war to date for the arvn with 27,915 men killed moreover, in addition to the heavy civilian.
The supporters of the american war in vietnam never recovered from the humiliation from what has gone down in the history books as the tet offensive. A panel discussion with historians of the vietnam war south vietnamese towns and cities in what came to be known as the tet offensive. On the 50th anniversary of the tet offensive, “the marines and tet: the battle that changed the vietnam war” showcases the work of. A pivotal event of the vietnam conflict which turned american public opinion against the war respect to the brave men who fought here.
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. 31, 1968, as vietnamese celebrated the lunar new year, or tet as it is the campaign — one of the largest of the vietnam war — led to. A half-century after the tet offensive, the attack and its aftermath can bill rider considered himself a grizzled veteran of the vietnam war that. During the tet offensive, south vietnamese fear for their lives.