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The Vietnam War (Paperback)

The Tet Offensive 1968

Modern Warfare Vietnam

By Anthony Tucker-Jones
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781783463626
Published: 27th October 2014

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On 30 January 1968 the North Vietnamese communists launched a coordinated surprise attack – the Tet Offensive – across South Vietnam against the South Vietnamese and American armies. Superior firepower eventually crushed the offensive, but it proved to be a major psychological victory for the communists – a turning point in the Vietnam War.

Anthony Tucker-Jones, in this photographic history of Tet – and of American involvement in the struggle against the forces of the Viet Cong and the regular North Vietnamese army – uses over 180 contemporary images, colour and black and white, to show all sides of the conflict and to reassess a defining moment in the protracted and bitter campaign against communism in South-East Asia.

The images record in vivid detail the conditions and the nature of the fighting, in particular the battles for Hue, Khe Sanh and Saigon, and the equipment and the weaponry that was used. They show the impact of the fighting on the civilian population in the countryside and cities as they became battlegrounds. And they illustrate why the US public was so shocked by the capability of the communists to launch such an all-encompassing assault that many lost faith in America's commitment to the South.

There is much to learn from the Tet Offensive and this book is a good tutor.

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About Anthony Tucker-Jones

Anthony Tucker-Jones is one of Pen & Sword’s leading authors. He has written well over 30 books including a number of the highly successful Images of War series – he also wrote the recent six part Modern Warfare series for Pen & Sword.

He started his writing career freelancing for the internationally renowned Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Intelligence Review. Subsequently he was recruited by British Defence Intelligence for his expertise. Since then he has forged a career as a fulltime author and writer. He has contributed to numerous aviation, military and naval magazines and made regular media appearances.

In addition he specialises in counter-terrorism and has been the freelance terrorism and security correspondent for intersec - The Journal of International Security. This highly respected magazine is the principal publication for the UK’s security industry. Further information can be found on his website at www.atuckerjones.com

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