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Tet Offensive
Tết Mậu Thân
Part of the Vietnam War
Some Communist targets during the Tet Offensive
Date Phase 1: January 30 – March 28, 1968
Phase 2: May 5 – June 15, 1968
Phase 3: August 17 – September 23, 1968
Result US and South Vietnamese tactical victory
North Vietnamese propaganda, political, and strategic victory
Depletion of Viet Cong leading to replacement by North Vietnamese
 South Vietnam
 United States
 South Korea
 New Zealand
South Vietnam Viet Cong
Vietnam North Vietnam
Commanders and leaders
United States William Westmoreland South Vietnam Hoàng Văn Thái
~1,000,000 ~323,000 - 595,000
Casualties and losses

In phase 1: South Vietnam South Vietnam:
4,954 killed
15,917 wounded
926 missing
United States South Korea Australia New Zealand
4,124 killed
19,295 wounded
604 missing
Total casualties in Phases 1:
Approximately 45,820 casualties
(9,078 killed, 35,212 wounded, 1,530 missing)

Total 3 phases: unknown

In phase 1::
Est. 17,000 killed and 20,000 wounded

To August:
75,000+ casualties
Total 3 phases: 111,179 casualties (45,267 killed, 61,267 wounded, 5,070 missing)
Civilian: 14,000 killed, 24,000 wounded

The Tet Offensive was a military campaign during the Vietnam War. It was started on 30 January 1968 by communist forces of the Viet Cong and North Vietnam against South Vietnam, the United States and their allies.

The purpose of it was to surprise the enemy with attacks against military and civilian commands and control centers in South Vietnam.

Eventually, the US and South Vietnam fought off the communist forces and won a military victory. However, the Tet Offensive was when the majority of Americans went from supporting the US fighting in Vietnam to standing against it. This was because the US military and government told its own citizens that the US was close to winning, but the Tet Offensive disproved that. It was said that it was during the Tet Offensive where the US won the battle but lost the war.

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Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Ofensiva del Tet para niños

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