Tag Archives: Tet 1968

The American Who Predicted Tet

“The Tet offensive, which began 50 years ago today and is remembered as the turning point of the Vietnam War, caught Americans by surprise. One of the few who saw what was coming was Edward Lansdale, the legendary covert operative … Continue reading

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Võ Nguyên Giáp

“Võ Nguyên Giáp (Vietnamese: [vɔ̌ˀ ŋʷīən zǎːp]; 25 August 1911 – 4 October 2013) was a Vietnamese general in the Vietnam People’s Army and a politician. Võ Nguyên Giáp is considered one of the greatest military strategists of the 20th century. … Continue reading

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My part in the anti-war demo that changed protest for ever

A protester is bundled away outside the US embassy in Grosvenor Square. “The only direct reporting from Saigon in the Observer on 17 March 1968 was on an inside page: a two-column dispatch by Gavin Young reflecting on the sobering … Continue reading

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The First Televised War

Ronald Steinman’s press card, 1972. “I arrived in Saigon in mid-April 1966 as the new NBC bureau chief. My job, simply defined, was to supply NBC News with an endless story of the war. I understood there would be no … Continue reading

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No socialism is not the answer! Reappraising the politics of ’68

“February 1968. Radical leftists from all over the world are in West Berlin to attend the International Vietnam Congress. The main auditorium of the Technical University is packed to the rafters. A banner has been draped over the edge of … Continue reading

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A Photo That Changed the Course of the Vietnam War

Nguyen Ngoc Loan, the national police chief of South Vietnam, executed a Vietcong fighter, Nguyen Van Lem, in Saigon on Feb. 1, 1968. “Fifty years ago today, the national police chief of South Vietnam calmly approached a prisoner in the … Continue reading

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50 Years Later, It Feels Familiar: How America Fractured in 1968

An American lieutenant carried a wounded South Vietnamese Ranger to an ambulance in February 1968, during the Tet offensive. “It was freezing on New Year’s Eve in Manhattan. A fresh layer of snow blanketed the ground on the night of … Continue reading

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