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PAGE FROM HISTORY: AMERICAN RIFLEMAN
Guns of the Tet Offensive
BY TOM LAEMLEIN
n January 30, 1968, forces of the
Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese
People's Army launched a series
of attacks throughout South Vietnam. The
well-coordinated offensive coincided with
the Tet holiday, the Vietnamese celebration
of the New Year. Fifty years later, we
remember the Vietnam battles of early
1968 as the "Tet Offensive," an event that
many have described as a turning point in
America's involvement in Vietnam.
During the offensive, a force of more than
80,000 Viet Cong guerillas and NVA regulars
attacked over a hundred communities
throughout South Vietnam, including 36 of the
44 provincial capitals. Saigon, the southern
capital, was heavily hit. Read more ...
Sniper team of the 5th Marine Regiment at work during
January 1968. The Winchester Model 70 rifle proved
highly effective in the hands of USMC marksmen.
Right: A Marine cuts loose with the 23-lb. M60 machine
gun while his assistant keeps the disintegrating link
ammo belt loading smoothly.
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