A woman mourns over the body of her husband
after identifying him by his teeth and covering his head
with her conical hat.
The man’s body was found with 47 others
in a mass grave near Hue on 11 April 1969.
The victims were believed to be killed
during the insurgent occupation of Hue
as part of the Tet offensive
Photograph: Horst Faas/AP
Vietnam: The Real War – in pictures
Wednesday 22 April 2015 11.13 BST
Mass Graves In Hue, Vietnam
Grieving widow crying
over plastic bag containing remains of husband
recently found in mass grave
- killed in Feb. 1968 Vietnam war Tet offensive.
Location: Hue, Vietnam
Date taken: April 1969
Photographer: Larry Burrows
Gen Nguyen Ngoc Loan, South Vietnamese chief of the national police,
fires his pistol into the head of suspected Vietcong official Nguyen Van Lem
on a Saigon street early on in the Tet offensive, on 1 February 1968.
Photographer Eddie Adams reported that after the shooting,
Loan approached him and said:
“They killed many of my people, and yours too,”
then walked away.
This photograph received the 1969 Pulitzer prize
for spot news photography
Photograph: Eddie Adams/AP
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(1 of 3) South Vietnamese forces escort
suspected Viet Cong officer Nguyen Van Lem (also known as Bay Lop)
on a Saigon street Feb. 1, 1968, early in the Tet Offensive.
(2 of 3) South Vietnamese General Nguyen Ngoc Loan,
chief of the national police,
fires his pistol into the head
of suspected Viet Cong officer Nguyen Van Lem
on a Saigon street, on Feb. 1, 1968.
(3 of 3) South Vietnamese General Nguyen Ngoc Loan holsters his gun
after executing suspected Viet Cong officer Nguyen Van Lem
whose body lies on a Saigon street Feb. 1, 1968,
early in the Tet Offensive.
AP Photos/Eddie Adams
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Vietnam, 35 years later 7 May 2010
US soldiers tormenting a civilian in the old city of Hue
during the offensive, Tet, Hue (1968)
He began photographing war,
once saying he ‘used to chase wars
like a drunk chasing a can of lager’.
His photos of American soldiers in Vietnam
remain his most famous
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Tet offensive Jan. 30/31, 1968 - Feb. 25, 1968
When the Tet offensive
ignited South Vietnam on Jan. 30, 1968,
American forces were taken by surprise.
Every one of the country’s 44 provinces
was hit in a stunning, coordinated attack
that changed the course of the war.
With so many American
resources in Vietnam
focused on intelligence-gathering,
why was the United States
At 3 o'clock
in the morning of Jan. 31, 1968,
North Vietnamese and Vietcong forces
launched a wave of simultaneous attacks
on South Vietnamese and American forces
in major cities, towns and military bases
throughout South Vietnam.
The fighting, the heaviest
and most sustained of the Vietnam War,
coincided with the Lunar New Year, or Tet,
and it has been called the Tet offensive
It was a military turning point in the war,
but it was far more than that
in its painful demonstration
of the limits of American power in Asia
and in the psychological impact
it was to have on Americans at home.
On Jan. 30, 1968,
during a cease-fire in honor
of the Vietnamese New Year
(called Tet Nguyen Dan),
more than 80,000
and Vietcong troops
hit military bases and cities
throughout South Vietnam
in what would be called
the Tet offensive.
For the Communists,
things went wrong
from the start.
Some Vietcong units
without the backing
of regular troops as planned.
like one that penetrated
the United States Embassy
were quickly wiped out.
Despite some successes
— the North Vietnamese
entered the city of Hue
and held it for three weeks —
was a military disaster.
The hoped-for uprisings
never took place,
and some 40,000
were killed or wounded.
never regained the strength
it had before Tet.
But the fierceness of the assault
determination to win
and shook the American public
The offensive may have failed
to spark a popular uprising
across South Vietnam,
as North Vietnam’s Communist
leadership had hoped,
but it did constitute a huge,
well-executed surprise attack
that laid bare the claims
of the American military commander,
Gen. William Westmoreland,
that nearly a half-million
United States troops
and the South Vietnamese Army
had the upper hand
and that victory
was only a matter of time.
Battle of Hue
The significance of Hue
— a gruesome, 24-day battle —
is summed up by Bowden
as the moment
when many Americans
rhetoric about the war.
one month after the battle,
President Lyndon B. Johnson
announced that he would not
run for re-election,
Sadly, it took another
agonizing seven years
and tens of thousands
more casualties for America
to extract itself from Vietnam.
William Wallace Momyer Jr. 1916-2012
World War II fighter pilot
who helped plot postwar
tactics for the Air Force
and commanded aerial combat
and bombing operations
during the early years
of the Vietnam War
During the Tet offensive in 1968,
when North Vietnamese forces
attacked South Vietnam’s cities
and military bases,
high-flying B-52 Stratofortresses
pounded enemy troops at Khe Sanh
with 100,000 tons of explosives.
The operation dubbed Niagara,
inflicted heavy losses
on the North Vietnamese,
who eventually broke off the attack.
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New York Times > General Vang Pao 1929-2011
a charismatic Laotian general
who commanded a secret army of his mountain people
in a long, losing campaign against Communist insurgents,
then achieved almost kinglike status as their leader-in-exile
in the United States