Tet - Communist forces in the South under heavy pressure...

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Communist forces in the South under heavy pressure Suffered heavy losses whenever they attacked US Knew they couldn’t get the Americans out NLF had to institute a military draft for PLAF o Taxes raised sharply o Decreased support for NLF o Defections to ARVN and Saigon began By 1967, NLF shrinking US also under heavy pressure o Hanoi felt Saigon was still under heavier pressure than Hanoi Giap still around with Hanoi Lunar New Year’s Festival – Tet would mark the Tet offensive Chose TET holiday in order to appeal to patriotic sentiment US allowed some of its troops to go on leave right before Tet Turning point in war Four objectives o Destroy the vulnerable Saigon pacification program in countryside, expand NLF’s control over rural population o Capitalize on anti-American sentiment in slums, Buddhists (who were still resentful of Catholic influence in government and army), workers (who were alienated by American culture and the prostitutes who came to
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This note was uploaded on 06/13/2009 for the course HIST 218 taught by Professor Lieberman during the Winter '08 term at University of Michigan.

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