The Tet Offensive - Vietnam 1968 (Vietnam War, 24 January 1968 to 3 February 1968)

About This Campaign

The Vietcong / NVA Tet Offensive resulted in the transmission of remarkable scenes into living rooms across the world via television and an army of reporters and correspondents covering the war.  Tet, or the Chinese New Year was seen as an opportunity to penetrate into the very heart of Saigon and other key cities in the south.

For the Australians at Nui Dat, they found themselves astride the ingress and egress routes of forces heading to and from Saigon.  A meeting was inevitable.

While the "Tet Offensive" ultimately ended in military defeat for the communists, it was propaganda victory. Military planners began to question if a decisive victory could ever be achieved and the imagery and coverage associated with the offensive stimulated US public opposition to the war. For Australian troops, the effects of the offensive were felt around their base at Nui Dat, where a Viet Cong attack on targets around Ba Ria, the provincial capital, was repulsed with few Australian casualties.



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CASTON, Robert John

Service number 4719003
3rd Battalion
The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR)
Australian Army
Born 9 Nov 1946