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There were reports they had been ordered not to drop bombs because of the civilians.At one point during the afternoon, American Marines and U. Army advisers were directing huge volumes of fire onto the street from this three-story building on the western edge of the town.The average cost of American warplanes is estimated at million. 2, 1968 By JOHN LENGEL HUE, VIETNAM (AP) - Four battalions of Communist troops control most of the streets of Hue, Vietnam's ancient imperial capital. helicopters attempting to run the gauntlet to collect wounded were shot down over the city. The Viet Cong-North Vietnamese force deployed through the city holds a major part of the old walled Citadel, formerly the seat of kings but now a pile of ruins, and the headquarters of the South Vietnamese army's 1st Infantry Division.They are resisting allied forces with machine guns, mortars and rockets. South Vietnamese troops hold a small part of the Citadel. The city is now in its fourth day of virtual siege.They were trying to cover the dash of four armored trucks to evacuate wounded Americans at a boat ramp at the edge of the Perfume River. Marine companies have reportedly suffered heavy casualties. There are islands of government resistance and islands of Viet Cong strength.In addition to the senior pacification adviser, concern is also felt for nine other American civilians in the city. At least 10 Marines are known to have died, and another 108 have been wounded. The South Vietnamese battalions are fighting in the northwest portion of the city, where the old imperial Citadel is located.Cholon was hit by six Viet Cong mortar shells during the night. Command said the enemy withdrew into the northern part of the old walled areas under repeated strafing and rocket raids by allied fighter-bombers. Command had reported that the enemy was holding onto two corners of the citadel.At Hue, a main gate of the citadel was reported wrested from Communist control. Among the targets of the allied planes were anti-aircraft guns the Communists had mounted on the towers of the citadel's outer wall. The allies reported killing more than 300 enemy in bitter fighting at Hue, Friday.
The Communists burst upon Hue four days ago, and both the province chief, Lt. Phan Van Khoa, and a senior American civilian adviser for pacification may be in enemy hands, Americans at this compound believe. American and South Vietnamese planes strafed and rocketed Communist positions in the heart of Hue today.
31, 1968, as Vietnamese celebrated the Lunar New Year, or Tet as it is known locally, Communist forces launched a wave of coordinated surprise attacks across South Vietnam. The campaign, one of the largest of the Vietnam War, led to intense fighting and heavy casualties in cities and towns across the South. 31, 1968 By PETER ARNETT SAIGON (AP) - The Communists have paid with nearly 5,000 dead in their frenzied guerrilla strikes at Saigon and other major centers throughout South Vietnam this week, the U. Some Viet Cong soldiers and agents were reported circulating openly in some crowded sections of Saigon, knocking on doors and telling occupants, "We have come to liberate Saigon." There were reports that the Communist National Liberation Front was claiming formation of a revolutionary council to run Saigon. casualties for the period were listed as 232 killed and 929 wounded.
The campaign - one of the largest of the Vietnam War - led to intense fighting and heavy casualties in cities and towns across the South. war effort, stunning leaders in Washington and leaving Americans questioning their country's involvement in the overseas campaign. 21, 1968, written by AP journalists Peter Arnett, Edwin Q. The package includes a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph by the AP's Eddie Adams. 1, 1968, file photo, South Vietnamese forces escort suspected Viet Cong officer Nguyen Van Lem (also known as Bay Lop) on a Saigon street early in the Tet Offensive. Command spokesman said 4,959 enemy were killed in action from 6 p.m. Another 1,862 persons were seized as Viet Cong suspects. South Vietnamese government casualties were 300 killed and 747 wounded, a spokesman said.
South Vietnamese authorities said 660 Viet Cong were killed in Saigon alone in less than two days of fighting.
There was no immediate word on the number of civilian casualties in the capital or elsewhere across the nation, but they were believed to have been heavy.