The Tet Offensive

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PRIMARY SOURCES

The vast majority of documents are still found at their original sources. Among these sources are the Departments of State and Defense. Other government records were gleaned from the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, including the Committees on Foreign Affairs, Armed Services, and the various subcommittees. In addition, the immense numbers of military records have been derived from such agencies as the Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force as well as from the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Other sources for documents included the National Archives in Washington, D.C.; the Eisenhower and Johnson presidential libraries; army archival holdings at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, and the Center for Military History (CMH) in Washington, D.C.; and air force archival holdings at the Air Force Historical Research Agency at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Among the items used by the authors were situation reports; after-action reports; site team reports; mission reports from various military units; background reports; command-service- and secretary-level briefings; letters of various kinds; telephone transcripts; meeting minutes of various kinds; statements before Congress and other government agencies; public speeches; press releases from official agencies; transcripts of congressional testimony; author interviews with key figures--of note are Cecil Currey's numerous personal interviews and correspondence with Senior General Vo Nguyen Giap; citations from various war monuments in Vietnam and the United States; and microfilm copies of significant document collections.

Among the specific papers and holdings examined were Tom Johnson Meeting notes; Tom Johnson Notes; National Security Council History; Papers of Clark Clifford; Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential and Personal Papers--including the

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Abbreviations and Acronyms ix
  • Preface xiii
  • 1: Introduction 1
  • Notes 15
  • 2 - The Tet Offensive 17
  • Notes 43
  • 3 - The Tet Offensive and Sino-Vietnamese Relations 45
  • Notes 59
  • 4 - The Nlf and the Tet Offensive 63
  • Notes 69
  • 5 - Giap and Tet Mau Than 1968: The Year of the Monkey 73
  • Notes 85
  • 6 - The Tet Offensive and Its Aftermath 89
  • Notes 119
  • 7 - My Recollections of the Tet Offensive 125
  • Notes 134
  • 8 - The Tet Offensive and Middletown: A Study in Contradiction 135
  • Notes 141
  • 9 - The Warning That Left Something to Chance: Intelligence at Tet 143
  • Notes 163
  • 10 - Don't Bother Me with the Facts; I've Made Up My Mind: The Tet Offensive in The Context of Intelligence and U.S. Strategy 167
  • Notes 179
  • 11 - Tet Beyond the Wire: TCK/TKN, the General Offensive/General Uprising 181
  • Notes 189
  • 12 - The Battle of Khe Sanh, 1968 191
  • Notes 210
  • 13 - President Johnson and the Decision To Curtail Rolling Thunder 215
  • Notes 228
  • 14 - The Myth of Tet: American Failure and The Politics of War 231
  • Notes 249
  • Selected Bibliography 259
  • Index 269
  • About the Authors and Editors 283
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