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More About The 1968 Tet Offensive For several thousand years Vietnamese Lunar New Year has been a traditional celebration that brings the Vietnamese a sense of happiness hope and peace However in recent years It also bring back a bitter memory full of tears It reminds them the 1968 bloodshed a 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 writings about this event However it seems that many key facts in the Communist campaign are still misinterpreted or neglected In the mid-80 living in Saigon after being released from the Communist re-education camp I read a book published in the early 1980s in America about the story of the 1968 Tet Offensive It said that the North Vietnamese Army supreme command had imitated one of the greatest heroes of Vietnam King Quang Trung who won the most spectacular victory over the Chinese aggressors in the 1789 counter-attack - in planning the 1968 operations The book quoted King Quang Trungs tactic of surprise He let the troops celebrate the 1789 Tet Festival one day ahead so that he could launch the attacks on the first three days of the lunar new year while the Chinese troops were still feasting and not ready to organize their defense Those who claimed the similarity between the two campaigns certainly did not know the whole truth but jumped into conclusion with wild imagination after learning that the North Vietnamese attacking units also celebrated Tet one day ahead before the attacks In fact the Tet Offensive broke out on the Tets Eve - in the early morning of January 30 1968 at many cities of Central Vietnam such as Da Nang and Qui Nhon as well as cities in the central coastal and highland
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