Synopsis by Rob Ferrier
This video investigates the Tet Offensive of 1968. A military disaster for the North Vietnamese, Tet nonetheless came to be a turning point for the entire war, and in the long run, one of the primary reasons the U.S. eventually lost. Fighting within Saigon and the embassy compound is covered, as well as the ordeal of U.S. Marines in their efforts to recapture the Imperial City of Hue. Tet is a perfect example of how the U.S. won a decisive battle and still lost the war. Broad in scope and responsible in detail, this video makes good use of the huge amount of archival film available on the war. Its serious tone and responsible history makes this episode entirely appropriate for use in the college classroom.