August 18, 1968 : Communists launch new offensive

Introduction

The North Vietnamese and Viet Cong launch a limited offensive in the south with 19 separate attacks throughout South Vietnam. In the heaviest fighting in three months, Communist troops attacked key positions along the Cambodian border in Tay Ninh and Binh Long provinces, northwest of Saigon. In Tay Ninh, 600 Viet Cong, supported by elements of two North Vietnamese divisions, attacked the provincial capital, capturing several government installations. U.S. reinforcements from the Twenty-fifth Infantry Division were rushed to the scene and after a day of house-to-house fighting expelled the communists from the city.

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August 18, 1968 : Communists launch new offensive

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  • Year Published

    2009

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    August 18, 1968 : Communists launch new offensive

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  • Access Date

    November 23, 2017

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