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The Tet Offensive had a significant impact on the Vietnam War, asit resulted in a steep decline in support for the war among theAmerican public. The US and South Vietnam actua…lly won a tacticalvictory, however, it was a political victory for North Vietnam.
Militarily, the Tet offensive was a failure - the Viet Cong/North Vietnamese were unable to hold the cities they had attacked. Politically, Tet was a success - as a result of …Tet, President Johnson realized that the US could not win the war, even with greatly increased effort, and he began the (very protracted) negotiations to end it.
Americans began to wonder if the could win the war While the US military killed thousands of communists invaders from North Vietnam and stopped the communist offensive dead …in it's tracks, the US public seeing the battle on TV, at a time when LBJ and Gen. Westmoreland was saying; 'Peace is at hand', became divided over the war. Clark Clifford replaced Sec. of Defence Robert McNamara, and Clark Clifford recommended pulling out of South Vietnam. Walter Cronkite, respected CBS reporter, recommended pulling out as well. LBJ announced there would be peace talks with North Vietnam in Paris and he would not run for a second term.
north Vietnam launched a huge insurgency of 78000 men to reunify Vietnam. la drang and daktau were used as diversion battles, to divert US forces away from the primary objecti…ve of Saigon. Military victory for USA, but psycologically after the Tet, the USA began pulling out of the Vietnam war
the Vietcong could strike any major city in South Vietnam.
With the possible exception of tiny villages hidden somewhere, all cities in SOUTH Vietnam were attacked.
No; using the media as a tool to transmit their cause (which worked) and eliminating any "potential" future rivals (today's ally is tomorrow's enemy-the VC), things turned out… perfectly.
The major effect that the Tet offensive had on the war was that the U.S. was able to change their military strategies from their old because their military tactics were old an…d out dated and after the Tet offensive they had better and improved stratiges.
1. It was an open attack 2. It was nation wide
Because the supposed South Viet sympathizers didn't rally to the cause, as the North gambled on, and the communist's casualties were so high. On the good side, for the both th…e North and the allies, the VC were largely reduced to an ineffective force. Good for the North, because now they had no future competition when they won the war (as they always believed they would); and at the same time, they used the VC to further their cause by inflicting casualties on the allies. Another words, Hanoi had effectively eliminated a (future) potential political adversary (VC); while still gaining a political victory in the United States.
January 31, 1968.
The public back in the states perceived that the war was going bad and could not be won. They were of course wrong in one way and right in another. Wrong in the sense that the… men fighting the VC and NVA were winning the battles, but America had too many restrictions or rules of engagement that prevented a military victory. They were right in the sense that this was exactly what the North Vietnamese wanted the American public to perceive by this offensive (that took military intelligence by surprise). The sad thing is the loss of American lives and South Vietnamese lives in a long drawn out war that could have been prevented years before. That would require you to be a good student of the history.
Much as the Pearl Harbor Attack (December 1941) relied on the element of surprise, the Tet Offensive was the culmination of North Vietnam massing its ground forces along the b…order for an assault into South Vietnam. US intelligence were notified of this impending assault by North Vietnam weeks before the attack, but military planners dismissed the report as a hoax. The final days before the attack, American forces on reconnaissance patrol reported sightings of fresh tracks left by heavy tanks, yet there were no reports of American tanks in the area. Subordinate officers who took these reports dismissed them as another hoax by US soldiers suffering from the aftermath of recreational use of hallucinogens. The officer's exact reply to recon patrol's radio report was "What have you been smoking soldier?" Mishandling of intelligence information resulted in the success of the Tet Offensive.
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The Tet Offensive was a military campaign during the Vietnam War who's purpose was to utilize the element of surprise and strike military and civilian command and control ce…nters throughout South Vietnam, during a period when no attacks were supposed to take place. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tet_Offensive
the TET offensive was a surprise so america obviously didnt see it coming. america wasnt ready for the attack. this made the TET offensive devastating
The government decided to negotiate an end to the war
The government decided to negotiate an end to the war. It showed once and for all how futile our traditional fighting methods were. And how little our "war for their hearts …and minds " had produced.