September 15, 1964 : NLF calls for general military offensive

Introduction

The National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam, or as it was more popularly known, the National Liberation Front (NLF), calls for a general military offensive to take advantage of the ‘disarray’ among the South Vietnamese, particularly after the abortive coup attempt against General Khanh’s government in Saigon on September 13 and 14.

The NLF was the formal political organization behind the Viet Cong and sought to unite all aspects of the South Vietnamese people who were disaffected with the Saigon government. From the beginning, the NLF was completely dominated by the communist Lao Dong Party Central Committee in Hanoi and served as North Vietnam’s shadow government in the South.

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September 15, 1964 : NLF calls for general military offensive

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  • Year Published

    2009

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    September 15, 1964 : NLF calls for general military offensive

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  • Access Date

    December 16, 2017

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