The Tet Offensive

Monday, February 2 at 3 a.m. ET
Hosted by Oliver North

The year 1968 would prove to be one of the most tumultuous years in American history. Assassinations, riots and war dominated the headlines. There were 500,0000 soldiers, airmen and Marines fighting and dying in Vietnam. The year began with a massive series of surprise attacks by the North Vietnamese during their New Year celebration called Tet. More than 100 cities and towns were simultaneously assaulted catching the Americans and South Vietnamese troops off guard.

The "Tet Offensive" shifted the fighting from the jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam to the streets of cities like Saigon and the imperial city of Hue. Back home, the terrible images of dead and wounded seen nightly on television tarnished the presidency of Lyndon Johnson’s.

And what was the story behind one the most famous photographs from the war? In a rare interview, former Associated Press combat photographer Eddie Adams tells the story behind the execution of a Vietcong guerilla by a South Vietnamese police chief.

In this exciting episode of “War Stories with Oliver North,” you’ll meet a military policeman who helped take back the U.S. embassy after it was attacked. You’ll also hear from an army interrogator whose job was to get information out of captured Vietcong and from three brave Marines who helped pry the city of Hue out of enemy hands.

Staff for this episode:

Senior Producer: Pamela K. Browne

Produced and Written by: Cyd Upson and Steven Tierney

Editor: Chris Scolaro

Designer: Greg Van Why