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Why was the Tet offensive important?


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April 27, 2010 9:24PM

The Tet Offensive was an attack on South Vietnamese forces during the Vietnamese New Year. North Vietnamese troops, i.e. Viet Cong and Viet Minh, came up with a plan that would attack the South Vietnamese forces and the American troops. These tactics included surprise attacks, mow-downs, and setting up booby traps. It was a psychological win for the North Vietnamese because the fact that they found a way that could weaken the South Vietnamese forces. Days later, the US came back with harsh counterattacks such as the My Lai Massacre. The massacre killed over 250 Viet Cong members and 150 civilians, that's over 400 people killed. The leader of this massacre was not welcomed kindly when reentering the US.