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By Nha Ca

Vietnam, January, 1968. because the electorate of Hue are getting ready to have a good time Tet, the beginning of the Lunar New yr, Nha Ca arrives within the urban to wait her father’s funeral. all of sudden, battle erupts throughout them, tremendously altering or slicing brief their lives. After a month of battling, their appealing urban lies in ruins and hundreds of thousands of individuals are lifeless. Mourning headscarf for Hue tells the tale of what occurred through the fierce North Vietnamese offensive and is an unvarnished and riveting account of struggle as skilled via traditional humans stuck up within the violence.

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The defense establishment chose to discount the CIA numbers based on recovered weapons as too conservative. Instead, optimism, and inflated body counts, gave COMUS-MACV the false impression that they were winning the war in late 1967. ERODING SUPPORT FOR THE WAR ON THE HOMEFRONT The Johnson administration had been pressuring Westmoreland, and the Defense Department, for positive results because they desperately needed good news on Vietnam. The war was costly, in both American lives and dollars.

The government of the state of Vietnam was corrupt and inefficient. There were an estimated 800,000 refugees—caused in part by a CIA propaganda campaign—flooding into the south from the northern Democratic Republic of Vietnam who had nowhere to live and nothing to eat. The French still exerted tremendous influence and, along with Bao Dai, attempted to undermine his government. The army chief of staff, Nguyen Van Hinh, was planning a coup. The religious sects, the Cao Dai and the Hoa Hao, had large militias armed with crew-served weapons and paid little respect to the government in Saigon.

In March 1959, faced with a growing insurgency in the south, and now convinced that Diem could not be overthrown simply through political means, the Communist leadership in Hanoi decided to aid the rebels. That spring, they established a base in the Central Highlands and began widening a series of jungle trails into South Vietnam that became famous as the Ho Chi Minh Trail. If there was going to be a revolution in the south, they wanted to influence or control it. Help, however, would be limited and indirect because Hanoi did not want to provoke American intervention.

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