Wednesday, January 18, 2012
The Tet Offensive- Aladin Saleh
The Vietnamese called it the "war against the Americans to save the nation." It was an attack by the North Vietnamese military and the guerilla fighters of the National Liberation Front. The North Vietnamese felt they HAD to defeat the Americans because of all the damage they did to the country, so this was an all out military attack on South Vietnam. Although it didn't go well for the North Vietnamese communists, they felt that they still won because it sent a message to the Americans saying they weren't going to give up and that the war was all but over. They attacked the US Embassy and the Presidential palace. In the end, about 1.4 million north and south Vietnamese civilians were killed along with about 2.1 million wounded.