So devastated were their ranks that the VC would have to be replaced with NVA (North Vietnamese Army) soldiers. It was a disaster. The North lost 37,000 men during Tet to our 2,500.
Okay, with those kinds of losses, how could Tet have possibly been a win for the North? Two words – American media.
See, most of that war was fought in rural, remote, and jungle areas. Tet was really the first urban battle and because of that, reporters, most of whom were based in Saigon, were on the ground able to chronicle every bloody detail and beam it directly back to Americans’ living rooms. Every day and night, American households were treated to the bloody reality of war.
This also threw gasoline on the inferno of the antiwar movement in cities and especially college campuses, and purposely so.
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