Episode 1110 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature the take of an Australian on the Siege of Khe Sanh, the Tet Offensive of 1968 and General William C. Westmoreland’s role in the affairs. Troy Lennon of The Daily Telegraph Wrote a story for the Perth Now – Sunday Times titled: US General Westmoreland left his reputation to the sappers round Khe Sanh that was published in the paper on January 19, 2018.
This particular story is featured because we are in the run-up to the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive that occurred during the Vietnam War. The official start date is cited to be February 1, 1968.
The Tet Offensive was a big deal from several angles. First, it was the first time in the America phase of the Indo-Chinese conflict that ran on from 1945 to 1975 that all the elements of the National Liberation Front (NLF) backed up by the NVA openly attacked metropolitan regions of South Vietnam. It turned out to be a loss of epic proportions for the North and their NLF confederates. They held no town or city for more than a day or so except at the City of Hue. There it took the US Marines and US Army 1st Calvary Division a few days to root out the murderous attackers. The attackers suffered the loss of over 50,000 fighters killed in action.
Secondly even though militarily it was a loss for the North it was considered a tremendous defeat for the US and the South Vietnamese. Another aspect of the Tet Offensive was the realization that the attack on the Marine base at Khe Sanh was only a diversion from the upcoming Offensive.
Make sure you listen to episode 1110 and get the full story from an Australian about the momentous Battle of Khe Sanh and the Tet Offensive of 1968.