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The Vietnam War (ePub)

The Tet Offensive 1968

Modern Warfare Vietnam Military

By Anthony Tucker-Jones
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 152.5 MB (.epub)
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781473851061
eBook Released: 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, a former intelligence officer, is an author and commentator who specialises in military history, with more than 50 books to his name. His work has also been published in an array of magazines and online. He regularly appears on television and radio programmes commenting on current and historical military matters. His books include Stalin’s RevengeSlaughter on the Eastern Front, Kursk 1943The Eastern Front Air WarArmoured Warfare on the Eastern FrontD-Day 1944 and The Devil’s Bridge.

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