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The Tet-Offensive which occurred on January 31 1968 proved to be a political and a psychological victory for the Vietnamese communists And although it only lasted for about one month it was one of Americas most notable battles that taught the Americans and the Vietnamese valuable lessons about life and war The background of the Tet-Offensive is a very interesting one hidden within the conflict of the Vietnam War While the offensive was being planned there were anti-war demonstrations taking place in the US against the Vietnam War Lyndon B Johnson in a close election won the primary over McCarthy who happened to be against the war and then went on to running the country with few problems In Vietnam General Vo Nguyen Giap of North Vietnam told his political members that the opportunity for a general offensive or uprising was within reach The offensive began in August of 1967 when following Hanois decision to proceed with Giaps uprising Giap began a massive buildup of troops equipment and supplies in South Vietnam First thousands of guns and munitions were brought southward along the Ho Chi Minh Trail The Ho Chi Minh Trail was the vital Vietcong also known as the South Vietnamese supply line that twisted through the jungles of North Vietnam in a southward direction This trail also served as a transportation route for food and medical supplies being brought to the south part of Vietnam Tens of thousands of troops poured down from the North infiltrated the countryside and wearing civilian clothes easily blended with the local people By mid-January 1968 about 84000 of the North Vietnamese Army NVA and the Vietcong troops were in South Vietnam And two weeks before the actual attack would even take place Giaps troops were positioned and ready for an attack The US began to have suspicions about some sort of uprising taking place So the offense did in fact not take Americans by surprise American intelligence
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