February 1, 2011
Forty-three years ago this week, Vietnamese Communist forces launched a massive surprise attack against South Vietnamese and foreign forces. The year was 1968 and the Tet offensive was to turn the tide of Australian and U.S. opinion against the war. It ultimately resulted in a U.S. victory, but public sentiment for the war – prompted by media coverage – quickly began to sour and ultimately turned the win into a tactical and public relations quagmire.
To commemorate this series of battles that had such a profound effect on the course of the war and the Americans who served in Vietnam, the Vietnam Center and Archive has published an extensive online exhibit drawing on its vast resources on the war and the Tet Offensive.
This exhibit focuses on three locations in Vietnam – Hue, Khe Sanh and Saigon. It includes more than 100 digital materials from the Vietnam Archive historical collections, including documents, photographs, slides, oral histories, maps, audio recordings and moving images.
In addition to the exhibit, the Vietnam Center and Archive has also produced a subject guide and assist researchers in finding materials about the Tet Offensive in its collections.
Founded in 1989, the Texas Tech Vietnam Center is one of the largest collections of Vietnam-era related documents in the world. Only the Pentagon has more material on the Vietnam War.
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CONTACT: Steve Maxner, director, Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University, (806) 773-8105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.