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Tet Offensive A Concise History

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ISBN-10: 0231128401

ISBN-13: 9780231128407

Edition: 2006 (Annotated)

Authors: James H. Willbanks

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An experienced military historian and scholar of the Vietnam War, James Willbanks believes that the Tet Offensive of 1968, in which Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces launched a massive countrywide attack on South Vietnam, was a strategic victory for Hanoi. Though the Communists failed to achieve their objectives, the offensive showed that America's progress was grossly overstated, causing many Americans and key presidential advisors to question the wisdom of prolonging combat. Willbanks also believes that the Battle of Khe Sanh, in which Communists took control of a Marine Combat Base a week prior to the Tet Offensive, was launched by the North Vietnamese to distract the United States. Therefore, Willbanks feels these two battles are intimately linked. Drawing on primary sources from both America and Vietnam, Willbanks presents an engaging and complete historical portrait of these conflicts and singles out key problems of interpretation. He includes maps, chronologies, excerpts from historical documents, an annotated list of resources, and a short encyclopedia of key people, places, and events. A unique critical reference and guide for further study, this volume enlarges the debate surrounding this important turning point in America's longest war.
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Book details

List price: $90.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/14/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

James H. Willbanks is Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.), and teaches at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He lives in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Maps
Abbreviations
Historical Overview
Prelude
American Public Opinion
Public Relations and Westmoreland's Optimism
Troop Disposition
The Communist Decision to Conduct the Offensive
The Plan
Preparing for the Offensive
Border Battles, Hill Fights, and Khe Sanh
Khe Sanh
The Hill Fights
Operation Niagara
The Siege of Khe Sanh Begins
The Tet Offensive
The Offensive Begins
The Battle for Saigon
The Battle at the U.S. Embassy
Attacks Around the City
The Battle of Cholon
Tet Countrywide
The Battle for Hue
The Battle Begins
The Marines Respond
Fighting in the New City
The Fight for the Citadel
The Siege of Khe Sanh
The Fall of Lang Vei
Resupplying the Marines
Tactical Air Support
A New Attack
Lifting the Siege
The Impact of the Tet Offensive
Political Fallout
The Request for Additional Troops
The New Hampshire Primary
The Presidential Election of 1968
Assessing the Tet Offensive
Issues and Interpretations
Motivations and Objectives of the Tet Offensive
Military Intelligence and Surprise at Tet
What Happened at Hue?
Why Khe Sank?
Tet and the Media
Tet and American Military Strategy
Notes
Chronology, 1967-68
The Tet Offensive A to Z
Documents
President Johnson's "San Antonio Formula" Speech of September 29, 1967
Directive on Forthcoming Offensive and Uprisings, Provincial Party Standing Committee, 1 November 1967
Capabilities of the Vietnamese Communists for Fighting in South Vietnam, November 13, 1967 (Extract)
Address by Commander of U.S. Forces in Vietnam, General William C. Westmoreland, November 21, 1967 (Extract)
"Saigon Under Fire," CBS News Special Report, January 31, 1968
Memorandum from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Earle G. Wheeler for the President, February 12, 1968 (Extract)
Walter Cronkite's "We Are Mired in Stalemate" CBS News Broadcast, February 27, 1968
Report of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Earle G. Wheeler on the Situation in Vietnam and MACV Force Requirements, February 27, 1968 (Extract)
Summary of Notes from March 26, 1968, Meeting Between President Lyndon Johnson and the Wise Men
President Johnson's Address to the Nation Announcing His Decision Not to Seek Reelection, March 31, 1968
Resources
General Works
Encyclopedias, Bibliographies, Dictionaries, Guides, and Atlases
General Histories, Anthologies
Biographies
Memoirs
Vietnamese Perspectives
Oral Histories
Document Collections
Lyndon Johnson and the War
The Tet Offensive
The Battle of Hue
The Siege of Khe Sanh
The Hill Fights and Border Battles
President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Media
Military Intelligence and Tet
U.S. Strategy in Vietnam
Combat After-action Reports and Command Histories
Microfilm/Microfiche
Documentary Films
Electronic Resources
Web Sites
CD-ROMs
Archives and Libraries
Index