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The Tet Offensive

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The Tet Offensive began January 30, 1968.  It was the largest scale operation of the war and started when North Vietnam violated a cease-fire agreement simultaneously attacking more than 100 cities and towns and 36 of the 44 provincial capitals in South Vietnam  including an attack on the capital city, Saigon.   It cost 4,124 American Servicemen their lives, another 12,295 were wounded and 604 were missing.  It was a total military failure for North Vietnam but resulted in a dramatic shift in U.S. military policy including replacing General Westmoreland with General Creighton Abrams.