The 1968 Tet Offensive
The turning point of the war was the Tet Offensive, but it wasn’t won on the battlefield – but instead in the U.S. press. On January 31, 1968, the first day of the Vietnamese Tet or New Year’s holiday, the Viet Cong stunned U.S. troops with a coordinated attacks. Actually, the Tet Offensive was a military catastrophe for the Viet Cong with U.S. forces winning every engagement. However, in the U.S. press, it was a massive propaganda victory. American public support for the war plummeted as thousands marched in the streets, demanding U.S. troops come home.