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Situation in South Vietnam No. 13 (as of 8:00 A.M. EST)
Date of Creation:
February 4, 1968
Date of Declassification:
October 6, 1983
Type of Document:
Intelligence memorandum
Level of Classification:
Status of Copy:
Pagination, Illustration:
7 p.
There were no major new attacks by Communist forces during the night of 3-4 February. Allied forces continue to clear dug in enemy elements from the City of Hue. All major urban areas in the II Corps area are now in friendly hands but sporadic mortar and sniper fire is still reported in several of the provincial capitals. No major fighting occurred during the night in the Saigon area, although a few scattered skirmishes with small enemy remnants took place within the city. Enemy activity in the Delta provinces was characterized by a series of small unit assaults against district towns, outposts, and night defensive positions. Despite the present relative calm, there are continuing indications that the Communists are planning new offensives, particularly in the Da Nang area and north and west of Saigon in South Vietnam's III Corps area. The trends previously reported on the initial reaction of the populace to the attacks, continue to be evident. The assaults apparently produced fear and surprise over the VC presence and strength, and revulsion at the gross enemy violations of the sacred Tet holiday in about even proportions. Evident also is a strong undercurrent of belief that, if the government does not move speedily and with vigor to normalize the situation in the cities, and restore its presence and authority in the countryside, it will lose heavily in terms of popular confidence.
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