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Viet Cong / North Vietnamese tactics and strategy for the Tet General Offensive
Date of Creation:
February 20, 1968
Date of Declassification:
June 15, 1995
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Pagination, Illustration:
4 p.
According to Ho Phuoc, political officer of Viet Cong Quang Da - Da Nang Special Zone, General Nguyen Chi Thanh was recalled to Hanoi because of the failure of his strategy in South Vietnam. General Vo Nguyen Giap revised the new strategy, which was to be carried out in three phases, with the ultimate aim of forcing the Government of Vietnam to accept a coalition government with the National Liberation Front. Phase 1 called for a general offensive against the cities. If this failed, Viet Cong troops during Phase 2 would besiege the cities and, at the same time, lure US troops into the Khe Sanh area. Phase 3, which was expected to coincide with the establishment of a coalition government, would involve a decisive battle in the Kontum-Pleiku or Saigon area. In support of this new strategy, the North Vietnamese / Viet Cong planned to increase activities in Southern Laos to permit the infiltration into South Vietnam of most Regular North Vietnamese Army units. The latter would try to avoid pitched battles with US troops and, instead, to confine them their bases.
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