August 12, 1969 : VC launch new offensive

Introduction

Viet Cong forces launch a new offensive with attacks on 150 cities, towns, and bases, including Da Nang and Hue. The heaviest attacks were aimed at the area adjacent to the Cambodian border northwest of Saigon; an estimated 2,000 Communists attacked Tay Ninh, Quan Loi, Loc Ninh, and An Loc. Further north, North Vietnamese commandos fought their way into the U.S. First Marine Division headquarters in Da Nang. They were eventually driven out by the Marines, who killed 40 Communist soldiers, sustaining five killed and 23 wounded in the process.

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August 12, 1969 : VC launch new offensive

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    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    August 12, 1969 : VC launch new offensive

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/vc-launch-new-offensive

  • Access Date

    November 21, 2017

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    A+E Networks