Giap believed that the attacks would cause Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) forces to collapse and foment discontent and rebellion among the South Vietnamese population, leading them to rise up against the regime in Saigon.
Futhermore, Giap believed the alliance between South Vietnam and the United States was unstable; he hoped the offensive would drive the final wedge between them and convince American leaders to give up their defense of South Vietnam.
Tết is generally celebrated on the same day as Chinese New Year, except when the one-hour time difference between Vietnam and China results in new moon occurring on different days.
It takes place from the first day of the first month of the Vietnamese calendar (around late January or early February) until at least the third day.
As more guests arrived, I followed Yvonne into the cloakroom to ask how members were chosen.
As the celebration of the lunar new year, Tet was the most important holiday on the Vietnamese calendar.The Rococo Revival style was popular for the decoration of formal parlors, or reception rooms, and this tête-à-tête belongs to a set of parlor seating furniture which includes a settee, two armchairs, and two side chairs, all of which are on display in The Richard and Gloria Manney John Henry Belter Rococo Revival Parlor at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.A mid-nineteenth-century French form, the tête-à-tête, also known as a confident, was well-suited to the parlor as its two chairs facing in opposite directions and joined at the sides allowed for discreet conversation.If people want to meet again outside the club, that is up to them.' Back in the restaurant, we were directed to four large tables. At the end of the dinner the restaurant's enormous owner brought me a cake and a book of photographs.The distraction of ordering food and knocking over each other's wine glasses dispelled the last of the tension, and by pudding time we had relaxed and were enjoying ourselves. He had discovered that I was to write about the experience and wished to show me the ranks of the famous who ate there.In February 1968, in the wake of the Tet Offensive, the respected TV journalist Walter Cronkite, who had been a moderate and balanced observer of the war's progress, announced that it seemed "more certain than ever that the bloody experience of Vietnam is to end in a stalemate."In preparation for the planned offensive, Communist troops launched a series of attacks in the fall of 1967 on isolated American garrisons in the highlands of central Vietnam and along the Laotian and Cambodian frontiers.