However, books about tet seem to fall into two categories: they are either an analysis of the offensive and its political and military impacts, or they are narratives of specific battles such as at khe sanh, hue or saigon. The tet offensive (vietnamese language the pentagon papers claimed, johnson had discounted any negative analysis of us strategy by the cia and the pentagon. To probe this question, we must review briefly the details of the tet offensive in the late-january calm of a lunar new year cease-fire, seventy thousand communist troops shattered the. On january 31, 1968, during the traditional cease-fire of the tet holiday, communist forces attacked 36 of 44 provincial capitals and 5 of 6 major cities is most often called the tet offensive, but it is worth noting that the north vietnamese called it the nguyen hue offensive, which has great historical significance, especially as events developed in hue.
Excerpt from research paper : battle analysis of the vietnam war: the tet offensive the tet offensive the vietnam war was one of the most costly conflicts in the history of the united states, with americans fighting and investing resources in the region for almost two decades. Enclosed is a comparative analysis between the french defeat at dien bien phu in 1954 and the recently concluded 'pet offensive of 1968, hereafter referred to as tet 68, in south vietnam. The tet offensive could be compared to the battle of the bulge where the german caught the us off guard this was the same for tet offensive when the vietcong and the nva attacked unexpectedly during the lunar new year cease fire.
The tet offensive be reviewed for declassification and release as part of the commemoration of the 50 th anniversary of the vietnam war the tet offensive was a series of surprise attacks launched by the north vietnamese. At the end of january 1968, the tet offensive began in vietnam during a time in which american politicians and the military were presenting an optimistic view of the war, this wave of attacks by the viet cong and people's army of vietnam shocked many americans and undermined support for the war. This paper presents an analysis of dien bien phu and the tet offensive of 1968 by the author, a student at the national war college the analysis is in response to a request by president lyndon b.
Impact of the tet offensive the tet offensive was widely regarded as a major turning point in the vietnam war even though the offensive was a complete military defeat for communist forces with more than 111, 000 casualties in which one third of its troops were killed in action, many north vietnamese leaders saw it as a political and psychological victory. University of saskatchewan university library situation appraisal : analysis of viet cong tet offensive (february 12, 1968) intelligence information cable. Tet-offensive and public opinion cause and effect essay by timmer tet-offensive and public opinion an analysis of the significance of the tet-offensive on american public opinion during the vietnam war. The 1968 tet offensive was easily the most important single event of the long vietnam war, and recognized vietnam war historian james willbanks has written the best short analysis of it his concise study deals effectively with the communist planning for the offensive and the battles themselves, as well as the myths surrounding the offensive.
Analyze the tet offensive and its aftermath (co#1) the events of 1968, both in the us and in vietnam, left americans reeling in the us, assassinations, racial strife, anti-war protests, and economic problems each contributed to a growing general sense of disillusionment. The tet offensive of january 1968 and its aftermath provide a superb case study of the importance of understanding the nature and purpose of war the utility of such a study is to apply the understanding gained through the analysis to future conflicts, to avoid repeating old mistakes, and, hopefully, to help explain to others why using military. The online tool for teaching with documents, from the national archives.
The tet offensive was a major turning point of the vietnam war the north vietnamese and viet cong staged a major offensive against south vietnam. This paper presents an analysis of dien bien phu and the tet offensive of 1968 by the author, a student at the national war college the analysis is in response to a request by president lyndon b johnson to get some clarification on any linkage between dien bien phu and the tet offensive, and the role of carl von clausewitz's theories in explaining the two battles.
The 1968 tet offensive is described as one of the bloodiest military campaign of the vietnam war the north communists launched against the south the general offensive and general uprising of the north marked the sharp turn of the vietnam war today there have been a great number of. The tet offensive was the turning point in america's involvement in the vietnam war it had a profound impact on domestic support for the conflict the conflict at home some advocates within the peace movement advocated a unilateral withdrawal of u s forces from vietnam. Hovey's analysis was dismissed as unrealistic the tet offensive failed in part because one of the central premises—that south vietnam's population would. A breakdown of the tet offensive, key players, battles, and analysis is wikipedia: the tet offensive an interesting news article from a different point of view about the general offensive and uprising can be found here.