The Tet Offensive: A Concise History, 1st Edition

  • James H. Willbanks
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  • ISBN-10: 0231502354
  • ISBN-13: 9780231502351
  • DDC: 959.704342
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 272 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released August 2007
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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Overview

Begins with a historical overview of the events leading up to the offensive, the attack itself, and the consequent battles of Saigon, Hue, and Khe Sahn. Continues with a critical assessment of the main themes and issues surrounding the offensive, and concludes with excerpts from American and Vietnamese documents, maps and chronologies, an annotated list of resources, and a short encyclopedia of key people, places, and events.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Contents.
Acknowledgments.
Introduction.
Maps.
Abbreviations.
The Tet Offensive.
Historical Overview.
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.
Border Battles, Hill Fights, and Khe Sanh.
Khe Sanh.
The Hill Fights.
Operation Niagara.
The Siege of Khe Sanh Begins.
The Tet Offensive.
The Offensive Begins.
The Battle for Saigon.
The Battle at the U.S. Embassy.
Attacks Around the City.
The Battle of Cholon.
Tet Countrywide.
The Battle for Hue.
The Battle Begins.
The Marines Respond.
Fighting in the New City.
The Fight for the Citadel.
The Siege of Khe Sanh.
The Fall of Lang Vei.
Resupplying the Marines.
Tactical Air Support.
A New Attack.
Lifting the Siege.
The Impact of the Tet Offensive.
Political Fallout.
The Request for Additional Troops.
The New Hampshire Primary.
The Presidential Election of 1968.
Assessing the Tet Offensive.
Issues and Interpretations.
Motivations and Objectives of the Tet Offensive.
Military Intelligence and Surprise at Tet.
What Happened at Hue?.
Why Khe Sanh?.
Tet and the Media.
Tet and American Military Strategy.
Notes.
Chronology, 1967–68.
The Tet Offensive A to Z.
1: I Corps.
2: I Corps Tactical Zone (I CTZ).
3: II Corps.
4: II Corps Tactical Zone (II CTZ).
5: III Corps.
6: III Corps Tactical Zone (III CTZ).
7: IV Corps.
8: IV Corps Tactical Zone (IV CTZ).
9: Abrams, Creighton W. Jr. (1914–74).
10: Adams, Eddie (1933–2004).
11: Arc Light, Operation.
12: Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN).
13: Arnett, Peter (1934–).
14: Attrition Strategy.
15: Australia.
16: B-52.
17: Ban Me Thuot.
18: Ben Tre.
19: Bien Hoa.
20: Body Count.
21: Bunker, Ellsworth (1894–1984).
22: Calley, William (1943–).
23: Cedar Falls, Operation.
24: Central Highlands.
25: Central Office for South Vietnam (COSVN).
26: Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.
27: Cholon.
28: Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support (CORDS).
29: Civilian Irregular Defense Group (CIDG).
30: Clifford, Clark M. (1906–98).
31: Combined Action Program (CAP).
32: Con Thien.
33: Corps Tactical Zone (CTZ).
34: Cronkite, Walter L., Jr. (1916–).
35: Dak To.
36: Dalat.
37: Da Nang.
38: Dau Tranh.
39: Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
40: Dien Bien Phu.
41: Dust Off.
42: Fire Support Base (FSB).
43: Free World Military Forces (FWMF).
44: Friendly Fire.
45: Grunt.
46: Hanoi.
47: Harriman, W. Averell (1891–1986).
48: Ho Chi Minh (1890–1969).
49: Ho Chi Minh Trail.
50: Hue.
51: Humphrey, Hubert H. (1911–78).
52: Iron Triangle.
53: Johnson, Lyndon Baines (1908–73).
54: Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
55: Joint General Staff (JGS).
56: Junction City, Operation.
57: Kennedy, Robert F. (1925–68).
58: Khe Sanh.
59: Kontum.
60: Korea, Republic of.
61: LaHue, Foster C. (1917–66).
62: Lang Vei.
63: Lao Dong Party.
64: Le Duan (1908–86).
65: Le Duc Tho (1911–90).
66: Loc Ninh.
67: Long Binh.
68: McCarthy, Eugene J. (1916–2005).
69: McNamara, Robert S. (1916–).
70: McNamara Line.
71: Mekong Delta.
72: Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV).
73: Mobile Riverine Force (MRF).
74: Montagnard.
75: My Lai Incident.
76: National Liberation Front (NLF).
77: New Zealand.
78: Ngo Quang Truong (1929–).
79: Nguyen Cao Ky (1930–).
80: Nguyen Chi Thanh (1914–67).
81: Nguyen Ngoc Loan (1932–98).
82: Nguyen Van Thieu (1923–2001).
83: Niagara, Operation.
84: Nixon, Richard M. (1913–94).
85: Ontos.
86: Pacification.
87: Pegasus, Operation.
88: Pentagon Papers.
89: People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN).
90: Philippines, Republic of the.
91: Pleiku.
92: Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces (RVNAF).
93: Resolution 13.
94: Resolution 14.
95: Rolling Thunder.
96: Rusk, Dean (1909–94).
97: Saigon.
98: San Antonio Formula.
99: Sappers.
100: Sharp, U.S. Grant (1906–2001).
101: Song Be.
102: Special Forces (SF).
103: Tan Son Nhut.
104: Tet.
105: Thailand.
106: Tran Van Tra (1918–96).
107: Truong Chinh (1907–88).
108: Viet Cong (VC).
109: Viet Minh.
110: Vietnamization.
111: Vo Nguyen Giap (1911–).
112: War Zones C and D.
113: Westmoreland, William C. (1914–2005).
114: Weyand, Frederick C. (1916–).
115: Wheeler, Earle G. (1908–75).
116: "Wise Men.".
Documents.
117: President Johnson's "San Antonio Formula" Speech of September 29, 1967.
118: Directive on Forthcoming Offensive and Uprisings.
119: Capabilities of the Vietnamese Communists for Fighting in South Vietnam, November 13, 1967 (Extract).
120: Address by Commander of U.S. Forces in Vietnam, General William C. Westmoreland, November 21, 1967 (Extract).
121: "Saigon under Fire".
122: Memorandum from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Earle G. Wheeler for the President, February 12, 1968 (Extract).
123: Walter Cronkite's "We Are Mired in Stalemate" CBS News Broadcast, February 27, 1968.
124: 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).
125: Summary of Notes from March 26, 1968, Meeting Between President Lyndon Johnson and the Wise Men.
126: President Johnson's Address to the Nation Announcing His Decision Not to Seek Reelection, March 31, 1968.
Resources.
127: General Works.
128: Lyndon Johnson and the War.
129: The Tet Offensive.
130: The Battle of Hue.
131: The Siege of Khe Sanh.
132: The Hill Fights and Border Battles.
133: President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Media.
134: Military Intelligence and Tet.
135: U.S. Strategy in Vietnam.
136: Combat After-Action Reports and Command Histories.
137: Microfilm/Microfiche.
138: Documentary Films.
139: Electronic Resources.
140: Archives and Libraries.