TET: Who Won?

I’m back!

Did I miss something…..I thought their was a SOTU but watching the news I saw nothing about it other than a comment by the prez on the way out……so what did I miss?

I survived the hospital and surgery….I be home now…..I regret that I was not able to post my article on the 50th anniversary of the TET offensive….31Jan68….I am a day late but according to my father that is where I have always been and a dollar short….

Here we go….was the operation (TET not mine) a dismal failure?

Shortly before 3 a.m. on January 31, 1968, a squad of Vietcong guerrillas blasted a hole in the outer wall of the U.S. Embassy compound in Saigon, gunned down two American military policemen who tried to stop them, and laid siege to the lightly defended headquarters building where the flag of the United States was officially planted in South Vietnam.

As part of a nationwide wave of surprise attacks by the Communists during the Lunar New Year—the Tet holiday—the resulting six-hour battle was militarily inconsequential. In fact, in strictly military terms, the two-month struggle known as the Tet Offensive was a disaster for the attackers. It ended with the expulsion of the North Vietnamese Army and the southern-based insurgent troops, known in the West as Vietcong, from each place they invaded.


Personal opinion…..it was a failure but it did show that the US was not ready for forward thinking opponents….it took Giap another five years to win a victory but TET was a rallying call to his troops and in the end he got his desire….Vietnam as one country.
I apologize for being late with this post…..I was  bit pre-occupied.

3 thoughts on “TET: Who Won?

  1. Good to see you back home, chuq.
    I think Tet was a military failure, but a propaganda masterstroke. To outsiders, Tet was the beginning of the end, showing that the whole country was vulnerable, even the center of Saigon. Of course, for the North, and the Vietcong, it was a huge cost in lives and equipment, and failed to start the popular uprising it was intended to promote.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. It also helped bring the anti-war movement to the forefront……in that aspect it was a success but we here in the west want instant gratification the Asian not so much…..chuq

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