1968 Tet Offensive Remembered
In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the 1968 Tet Offensive, publisher ABC-CLIO is featuring essays on this watershed event during the Vietnam War in its History and the Headlines website. The Tet overview essay is written by Dr. James Willbanks (see "The Vietnam War in Retrospect," November 2007 ACG magazine). ACG Editor in Chief and Vietnam vet, Col. ret. Jerry Morelock, wrote one of the website’s ‘Dilemma’ essays on "The Tet Offensive and the Media." To read all the essays, follow this link. Images of the Tet Offensive are presented below, click on the thumbnails for larger images.
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Image Credit: NATIONAL ARCHIVES February 1968. Marines scale a mound of rubble as they fight their way into the NVA stronghold in the Citadel – the ancient Imperial capital’s fortress – during the battle for Hue.
Image Credit: NATIONAL ARCHIVES Walter Cronkite and a CBS news crew use a jeep for a camera dolly during an interview with the commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment in the Battle for Hue City.
Image Credit: NATIONAL ARCHIVES February 6, 1968. Gas mask-clad members of the 2d Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment rush a series of buildings during the battle for Hue. The Marines used tear gas to flush the enemy out of fortified positions, a tactic that proved very effective throughout the fight.
Image Credit: NATIONAL ARCHIVES February 6, 1968. A Navy corpsman treats a member of the 2d Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment during the battle for Hue. The Marines suffered nearly 1,000 casualties (killed and wounded) in the encounter.