The tet offensive 1968 early in 1968 the communists launched a major offensive to coincide with the traditional vietnamese new year celebrations (29 to 31 january. Military victory but political defeat: the tet offensive 50 years later in 1968, when us officials were claiming the vietnam war was nearly won, north vietnam and the viet cong launched a devastating attack during the tet holiday. Because of the tet offensive in january 1968, i went back to vietnam in january 1969 to monitor radio communications on the ho chi minh trail to see if there would be another tet offensive in 1969 thankfully, tet 1968 did not repeat itself. During the tet offensive, the 716th military police battalion became involved in the battle of saigon: the fiercest battle in which a military police unit has ever been engaged. During the tet offensive that began jan 30, 1968, north vietnam attacked key targets in the south and diminished american hopes of victory in vietnam. The month-long battle for hue, in vietnam, was fought street by street, house by house, room by room two-hundred-and-sixteen american troops were killed and another 1,300 wounded on the 50th anniversary of the tet offensive, david martin visits an exhibition at the newseum in washington, dc.
Although technically the north vietnamese and vietcong guerrillas were defeated by the americans, the impact of the tet offensive dealt a hard blow to us morale. As tet offensive erupted, this air force vet bombed his own base to repel attack by: stephen losey february 8 vietnam war: f-100 pilots bombed own air base in 1968 to protect troops 50 years ago, the north vietnamese launched a massive attack on the south. In late january 1968, edward hoppy curran was a young soldier in vietnam when the north vietnamese launched the tet offensive. 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 cong allies in south vietnam jan 30-march 1968: 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.
In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the tet offensive which took place on january 30, 1968 director of national intelligence daniel r coats dir. The blast of strings of exploding firecrackers jerked me awake, peter arnett recalls, remembering the day the tet offensive began. Tet offensive definition a series of major attacks by communist forces in the vietnam war early in 1968, vietnamese communist troops seized and briefly held some major cities at the time of the lunar new year, or tet. And sure enough, the tet offensive's cornerstone was seizing and holding hue, a fortified, strategically important south vietnamese city mark bowden's hue 1968: a turning point in the american war in vietnam is the definitive history of the battle for hue. On this day in history, tet offensive begins on jan 30, 1968 learn more about what happened today on history. The tet offensive 50 years ago the suicidal viet cong attackers who died in their tens of thousands in 1968 showed their fanatical islamic successors how insurgents can snatch victory from defeat, even up against the mightiest military machine on earth.
Wounded marines riding on a converted tank used as make-shift ambulance during the battle to recapture hue during the tet offensive in early 1968. The 1968 tet offensive in vietnam and the seizure of hue raymond r lau a cords advisor remembers the embassy driver met me just outside the open barn-like struc-ture that served as the danang air terminal building, and he drove me to temporary quar. When americans wince upon hearing presidents make proclamations about foreign policy, the legacy of the 1968 tet offensive looms large on january 30, at the start of the sacred vietnamese holiday of tet, which celebrated the start of the new lunar year, the north vietnamese and the vietcong.
Vintage footage from the vietnam war is presented in high definition video format along with narration from both war veterans and hollywood voice talent the. As 1968 dawned, hue in south vietnam had largely been spared the violence of war that all changed jan 30, 1968, when fighters from the north vietnamese army and viet cong seized hue as part of the sprawling, monthslong tet offensive. 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. Tet offensive this massive north vietnamese surprise attack during the 1968 tet holiday was a crucial turning point in the war. The tet offensive 1968 vietnam the tet offensive was a military campaign conducted between 30 january and 23 september 1968, by forces of the viet cong, or national front for the liberation of south.
The campaign consisting of multiple surprise attacks was launched in the early morning of january 30, 1968 - the first day of tet (lunar new year) began on january 30 and became one of the longest and bloodiest battles during the tet offensive and the whole war in general.