Category: reblog

newhistorybooks:“Edwin Moïse reminds us anew in The Myths of Tet…

newhistorybooks:

“Edwin Moïse reminds us anew in The Myths of Tet why he is so highly regarded as a scholar of the Vietnam War. Moïse gathers together the primary arguments and disputes that have raged over the 1968 Tet Offensive, teases out the evidence about each, and confronts all of them directly. His arguments are powerful and this book is a must read for everyone interested in the Vietnam War.”

Check out The Myths of Tet by Edwin E. Moise and let me know what you think.

usnatarchivesexhibits: Speed it Up!, 1970 This isn’t your…

usnatarchivesexhibits:

Speed it Up!, 1970

This isn’t your average work line! These Vietnamese workers are loading brass artillery canisters, by tossing them into the back of a truck. The canisters (or at least those that make it into the bed of the truck rather than the floor) would be shipped to the U.S. where they would be reworked and reloaded.

Artillery – 1970

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todaysdocument: “Vietnam…A member of Company A, 1st Battalion,…

todaysdocument:

“Vietnam…A member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, crouches behind a church door as he checks for the enemy near his position.” 2/9/1968

Series: General Photograph File of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1927 – 1981
Record Group 127: Records of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1775 –

Now open at the National Archives Museum:
Remembering Vietnam: Twelve Critical Episodes in the Vietnam War

Explore 12 critical episodes in the Vietnam War through National Archives records which trace the policies and decisions made by the architects of the conflict and help untangle why the United States became involved in Vietnam, why it went on so long, and why it was so divisive for American society.

Find more records, information, and resources on the Vietnam War from the @usnatarchives at the Vietnam War Research Portal.

This is in Hue, during the Tet Offensive, as US Marines and ARVN forces fought to retake the city from communist troops. (Source)

todaysdocument: “Twentieth Century ‘Angel of Mercy’ – D. R….

todaysdocument:

“Twentieth Century ‘Angel of Mercy’ – D. R. Howe (Glencoe, MN) treats the wounds of Private First Class D. A. Crum (New Brighton, PA), “H” Company, 2nd Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, during Operation Hue City.” 2/6/1968

Series: General Photograph File of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1927 – 1981
Record Group 127: Records of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1775 –

The Battle of Hue occurred during the larger Tet Offensive, a series of coordinated surprise attacks by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army against targets in South Vietnam which began on January 30, 1968 during the Vietnamese New Year holiday.  Although their advances were ultimately turned back, the campaign helped to diminish support for the war in the U.S.

Another view of this scene in black and white:

118 – Combat – Operation Hue City – February 6, 1968


Now open at the National Archives Museum:
Remembering Vietnam: Twelve Critical Episodes in the Vietnam War

Explore 12 critical episodes in the Vietnam War through National Archives records which trace the policies and decisions made by the architects of the conflict and help untangle why the United States became involved in Vietnam, why it went on so long, and why it was so divisive for American society.

Find more records, information, and resources on the Vietnam War from the @usnatarchives at the Vietnam War Research Portal.

odnigov: TET OFFENSIVE: DECLASSIFIED First in…

odnigov:

TET OFFENSIVE: DECLASSIFIED

First in Series of Releases Expected in July, New Transparency Effort To Share Historical Information of Current Relevance


In
recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive—which took
place on January 30, 1968—Director of National Intelligence Daniel R.
Coats directed intelligence agencies to review their holdings to reveal previously classified details to the public.

In December 2016, former DNI James R. Clapper instructed
the Intelligence Community Senior Historians Panel to identify topics
of historical interest for declassification and release, as a part of
the IC’s continuing efforts to enhance public understanding of IC
activities.

For the first release of this initiative, the panel recommended
documents relating to the Tet Offensive be reviewed for declassification
and release in commemoration of the Vietnam War.

The Tet Offensive

The Tet Offensive was a series of surprise attacks launched by the
North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong on January 30,1968 throughout
South Vietnam that targeted multiple prominent sites, including the
Presidential Palace and the U.S. Embassy in Saigon.

While the attacks initially took the U.S. and South Vietnamese forces
by surprise, they eventually recovered to repel the Viet Cong. The
dramatic nature of the Tet Offensive began to turn U.S. public opinion
against the war and precipitated the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam.

Review & Declassification

Based on the recommendation of the Historians Panel, DNI Coats has
directed that IC elements review their record holdings to identify
classified records pertaining to the Tet Offensive and review them for
declassification and release.

The declassified documents will be released over a period of 15
months, in three installments, beginning in July 2018. Subsequent
releases will take place in January 2019 and April 2019.

How to Learn More

Intelligence.gov
will serve as the hub for information on the progress of the Tet
Offensive document declassification throughout the process and will
provide access to materials sourced from across the IC upon their
release. Efforts to declassify historical information of current
relevance are rooted in the 2015 transparency implementation plan that led to semi-annual meetings of the IC Historian Panel . Follow @inteldotgov #TetDeclassified for updates.

todaysdocument: “FIREPOWER EVIDENCE–Marines stack mounds of…

todaysdocument:

“FIREPOWER EVIDENCE–Marines stack mounds of expended 105mm casings  after constant pounding of enemy  forces at Khe Sanh.  Hill 950 is partially shrouded by clouds in the background.” 

29Jan68

160 – Combat Bases – 1968 – January 29, 1968, 1/29/1968
File Unit: Divider/Subject – 160 – Combat Bases – 1968, 1962 – 1975Series: Black and White Photographs of Marine Corps Activities in Vietnam, 1962 – 1975Record Group 127: Records of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1775 –

 

Now open at the National Archives Museum:
Remembering Vietnam: Twelve Critical Episodes in the Vietnam War

Explore 12 critical episodes in the Vietnam War through National Archives records which trace the policies and decisions made by the architects of the conflict and help untangle why the United States became involved in Vietnam, why it went on so long, and why it was so divisive for American society.

Find more records, information, and resources on the Vietnam War from the @usnatarchives at the Vietnam War Research Portal.

usnatarchivesexhibits: “Confront the Warmakers,”…

usnatarchivesexhibits:

“Confront the Warmakers,” 1968

Written on behalf of the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, this letter urged people to gather for a group protest in Chicago’s Grant Park on the afternoon of August 28. This urging came following days of violence in Chicago as police tasked with safeguarding the ongoing Democratic National Convention clashed with anti-war demonstrators. The letter insists that people should not stay away from the scene despite the violence, but stand firm and maintain their First Amendment rights.

Letter from National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam

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princetonarchives:On January 10, 1967, Princeton’s Draft…

princetonarchives:

On January 10, 1967, Princeton’s Draft Information Office opened. It helped students understand what options they had to avoid fighting in the Vietnam War. The “Counterdraft” newsletter was one of the resources available there.

historium:“Withdraw U.S. Troops Now! End Canada’s Complicity in…

historium:

“Withdraw U.S. Troops Now! End Canada’s Complicity in Vietnam: Easter March for Peace” poster, circa 1969 for the Vietnam Mobilization Committee

Source

This Canadian poster’s depiction of Uncle Sam as a skull with an American Flag hat can be seen again in a poster from New Zealand calling for a march in 1970.

todaysdocument: “COMFORTABLE MAINTENANCE– During a lull in their…

todaysdocument:

“COMFORTABLE MAINTENANCE– During a lull in their flight schedule, Marine Cpl. William H. Mielke, top, and LCpl. Phillip J. Orlando of Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron-36, take a comfortable position before starting to clean the big AD20-8 engine of the H&MS-36 C-117 aircraft.” 30 Dec 67

31 – Aircraft – Maintenance – December 30, 1967, 12/30/1967.
File Unit: Divider/Subject – 31 – Aircraft – Maintenance, 1962 – 1975Series: Black and White Photographs of Marine Corps Activities in Vietnam, 1962 – 1975Record Group 127: Records of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1775 – 


Now open at the National Archives Museum:
Remembering Vietnam: Twelve Critical Episodes in the Vietnam War

Explore 12 critical episodes in the Vietnam War through National Archives records which trace the policies and decisions made by the architects of the conflict and help untangle why the United States became involved in Vietnam, why it went on so long, and why it was so divisive for American society.

Find more records, information, and resources on the Vietnam War from the @usnatarchives at the Vietnam War Research Portal.