The Tet Offensive

(p.242)“On January 31, 1968, during the Tet Lunar New Year holiday, communist guerillas, supplemented in some places by regular North Vietnamese army units, launched a massive offensive that included attacks on thirty-six provincial capitals and five of the six largest South Vietnamese cities.”


At the time Tet Offensive occurred American people have been fed up with the war. A lot of protesters on the street, a lot of arguing and disagreement were happening. If before the Tet the White House had been telling to American society that there was still a “light at the end of the tunnel” and that the victory was possible and close, so after the Tet it was clear that there was neither light nor any hope. The Tet became a turning point in the war mainly because of the media. The horrible events were captured on cameras and showed on TV’s of millions of people all over the world. On the one hand, this was embarrassing for the White House and its officials who tried to portray the war as if it was for the better and freer life for Vietnamese people. On the other hand, it was very clear that a peasant country like Vietnam humbled a military hegemony like The United States of America.