Vietnam: The Soldier's Story, Vol. 2, Episode 1, "Tet: The Battle for Hearts and Minds"

By Carafano, James J. | Military Review, December-February 1998 | Go to article overview

Vietnam: The Soldier's Story, Vol. 2, Episode 1, "Tet: The Battle for Hearts and Minds"


Carafano, James J., Military Review


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VIETNAM: The Soldier's Story, voL 2, episode 1, "Tet: The Battle for Hearts and Minds" ABC Video, Brighton, VIC. Run time: 52 minutes. $59.99 set.

This ABC News video about the Vietnam War intersperses combat footage and live interviews to document the conflict from a soldier's viewpoint. The footage is startling, dramatic and frequently graphic. The interviews are crisp and tightly woven into the narrative. The presentations, particularly the discussion about media roles and influence, are fair, balanced and historically accurate. The result is a truly gripping production and a first-class educational experience about life at the sharp edge of battle.

This episode covers the 1968 Tet offensive, during which thousands of soldiers, including American, South Vietnamese and Allied forces, engaged in heavy combat with North Vietnamese regular soldiers and Vietcong forces. The battle began on 31 January 1968 with simultaneous attacks across the country against over 100 cities, towns and hamlets, military bases and the US Embassy in Saigon. The offensive ended in the northern provinces when US Marines recaptured the citadel in the ancient capitol of Hue.

The video provides only a bare outline of the campaign, concentrating instead on the experiences of a few soldiers in key battles. …

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