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The Tet Offensive: A Concise History [NOOK Book]


In the Tet Offensive of 1968, Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces launched a massive countrywide attack on South Vietnam. Though the Communists failed to achieve their tactical and operational objectives, James Willbanks claims Hanoi won a strategic

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The Tet Offensive: A Concise History

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In the Tet Offensive of 1968, Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces launched a massive countrywide attack on South Vietnam. Though the Communists failed to achieve their tactical and operational objectives, James Willbanks claims Hanoi won a strategic

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231502351
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 1/5/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,122,301
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

James H. Willbanks is director, Department of Military History, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel with twenty-three years service as an Infantry officer in various assignments, including a tour as an advisor in Vietnam. He is the author of two books on the Vietnam War, including Abandoning Vietnam (University Press of Kansas) and The Battle of An Loc (Indiana University Press), and the editor of a collection of essays entitled The Vietnam War (Ashgate Publishing Limited).

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Table of Contents


Part I
Historical Overview

Chapter 1. Prelude

American Public Opinion
Public Relations and Westmoreland's Optimism
Troop Disposition
The Communist Decision to Conduct the Offensive
The Plan
Preparing for the Offensive

Chapter 2. Border Battles, Hill Fights, and Khe Sanh

Khe Sanh
The Hill Fights
Operation Niagara
The Siege of Khe Sanh Begins

Chapter 3. The Tet Offensive

The Offensive Begins
The Battle for Saigon
The Battle at the U.S. Embasssy
Attacks Around the City
The Battle of Cholon
TEt Countrywide

Chapter 4. The Battle for Hue

The Battle Begins
The Marines Respond
Fighting in the New City
The Fight for the Citadel

Chapter 5. The Siege of Khe Sanh

The Fall of Lang Vei
Resupplying the Marines
Tactical Air Support
A New Attack
Lifting the Siege

Chapter 6. The Impact of the Tet Offensive

Political Fallout
The Request for Additional Troops
The New Hampshire Primary
The Presidential Election of 1968

Chapter 7. Assessing the Tet Offensive

Part II
Issues and Interpretations

Chapter 8. Motivations and Objectives of the Tet Offensive

Chapter 9. Military Intelligence and the Surprise at Tet

Chapter 10. What Happened at Hue?

Chapter 11. Why Khe Sanh?

Chapter 12. Tet and the Media

Chapter 13. Tet and the American Military Strategy


Part III
Chronology, 1967-68

Part IV
The Tet Offensive A to Z

Part V

President Johnson's "San Antonio Formula" Speech of September 29, 1967

Directiveon Forthcoming Offensive and Uprisings, Priovincial Party Standing Committee, 1 November 1967

Capabilities of the Vietnamese Communists for Fighting in South Vietnam, November 13, 1967 (Extract)

Address by Commander of U.S. Forces in Vietnam, General William C. Westmoreland, November 21, 1967 (Extract)

"Saigon Under Fire," CBS News Special Report, January 31, 1968

Memorandum from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Earle G. Wheeler for the President, February 12, 1968 (Extract)

Walter Cronkite's "We are Mired in Stalemate" CBS News Broadcast, February 27, 1968

Report of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Earle G. Wheeler on the Situation in Vietnam and MACV Force Requirements, February 27. 1968 (Extract)

Summary of Notes from March 26, 1968, Meeting Between President Lyndon Johnson and the Wise Men

President Johnson's Address to the Nation Announcing His Decision Not to Seek Reelection, March 31, 1968

Part VI

General Works

Encyclopedias, Bibliographies, Dictionaries, Guides, and Atlases
General Histories, Anthologies
Vietnamese Perspectives
Oral Histories
Document Collections

Lyndon Johnson and the War

The Tet Offensive

The Battle of Hue

The Siege of Khe Sanh

The Hill Fights and Border Battles

President Lyndon Johnson and the Media

Military Intelligence and Tet

U.S. Strategy in Vietnam

Combat After-action Reports and Command Histories


Documentary Films

Electronic Resources

Web Sites

Archives and Libraries


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