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U.S. General Considered Nuclear Response in Vietnam War, Cables Show

President Johnson with Gen. William Westmoreland in South Vietnam in 1967. “In one of the darkest moments of the Vietnam War, the top American military commander in Saigon activated a plan in 1968 to move nuclear weapons to South Vietnam … Continue reading

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Did the news media, led by Walter Cronkite, lose the war in Vietnam?

CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite went to Vietnam to provide viewers with an assessment of the war’s progress. His one-hour special report aired on Feb. 27, 1968. “Until 1968, Walter Cronkite believed what his government told him about the Vietnam … Continue reading

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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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Strategy and tactics of guerrilla warfare

Guerrilla forces from North Vietnam’s Vietcong movement cross a river in 1966 during the Vietnam War “The main strategy and tactics of guerrilla warfare tend to involve the use of a small attacking, mobile force against a large, unwieldy force. … 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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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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