"Tet Offensive" in Vietnam

(283 words)
  • Lucas Paul Richert (University of Saskatchewan)

Historical Context Note

On 31 January 1968, North Vietnamese communist forces launched large-scale, bold, and unexpected attack on South Vietnam. The offensive, undertaken on the ‘Tet’ holiday, targeted provincial capitals and district capitals, as well as airfields and military bases. Importantly, the offensive also targeted U.S. General Westmoreland’s headquarters in Saigon and the U.S. embassy. Although American and South Vietnamese forces were taken by surprise, they managed to quickly coordinate and execute an effective counter-offensive. Less than three days after the ‘Tet’ offensive, the communists had surrendered much of the territory they had gained initially and suffered high casualties in losing that ground. However, the …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Citation:
Richert, Lucas Paul. ""Tet Offensive" in Vietnam". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 October 2008
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=3476, accessed 22 November 2014.]


Related Groups

  1. Vietnam War