Accession Number : ADA312931

Title :   Operational Art in the Tet Offensive - A North Vietnamese Perspective.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Swaykos, Joseph W.

PDF Url : ADA312931

Report Date : 20 MAY 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : The Tet Offensive (Vietnam War) provides an excellent example of the successful application of operational art when viewed from the North Vietnamese perspective. Operational leadership was exercised by General Vo Nguyen Giap as he assured that the offensive served as an extension of North Vietnamese strategic objectives and desired end state. Giap developed and executed an operational design that fully accounted for the centers of gravity and critical strengths and weaknesses of his forces and his enemy's. While he suffered tactical defeats, Giap achieved nearly all of his operational objectives and his desired operational end state - delivery of a military shock to his enemy. The offensive ultimately lead to achievement of North Vietnam's strategic objective and desired end state.

Descriptors :   *OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, *NORTH VIETNAM, MILITARY OPERATIONS, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), STRENGTH(GENERAL), STRATEGIC WARFARE, TACTICAL WARFARE.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Intelligence

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE