The Bloody Tet Offensive Marked A Turning Point In Vietnam

By Linda Speckhals
The South Vietnamese took the worst of the Tet Offensive. (history)

The Vietnam War bore witness to endless brutality but the Tet Offensive of 1968 probably saw the worst of it. On the most important holiday on the Vietnamese calendar, the North Vietnamese and their allies, the Viet Cong, attacked over 100 cities and villages with more than 70,000 troops. The bloodshed spilled that day would fill rivers, especially for the Communists. However, despite the massive losses, the North Vietnamese completed their objective of deflating the American war effort and sowing discontent among the South Vietnamese.

When the news of the Tet Offensive broke in America, it was the first time the public began to question the United States’ involvement in the war. This offensive became the turning point in Vietnam.