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Vietnam: A Television History; Contact with VietCong (During Tet) (2d Bn, 47th Inf, 9th Inf Div)

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Pile of captured Vietcong weapons. Dead Vietcong. Prisoner is led away. Soldier probes through pile of captured weapons. Bodies of Vietcong strewn about. Prisoner with his hands tied behind his back and blindfolded squats by M- 113 APCs. UH-1C helicopter flies over. Explosions and smoke as UH-1C attacks village. M-113 APC and soldiers fire on burning hut. Soldiers fire M-16 rifles and M-60 MGs at hut. M-113 also fires. Soldiers search hut. Burning hut under fire of M-113s. OH- 6A copter flies over. UH-1C in flight. M-113s and soldiers advance and fire. Burning hut. Hut is hit by rocket. MG rounds land nearby kicking up dirt. Hut breaks into flames. M-113s move forward. Front end loader drives past. Bunkers and APCs at base camp. Soldier heats C-rations and eats. CU, puppy. Pan, M-113s set up around perimeter. UH-1D with rotors turning in fg.

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Vietnam: A Television History

Contact with VietCong (During Tet) (2d Bn, 47th Inf, 9th Inf Div)

Series Description

This 13 part series covers the history of Vietnam from France's colonial control, through the 1945 revolution, to the 1975 U.S. evacuation from Saigon and the years beyond. The series' objective approach permits viewers to form their own conclusions about the war. 101--Roots of a War--Despite cordial relations between American intelligence officers and Communist leader Ho Chi Minh in the turbulent closing months of World War II, French and British hostility to the Vietnamese revolution laid the groundwork for a new war. 102--The First Vietnam War (1946-1954)--The French generals expected to defeat Ho's rag-tag Vietminh guerrillas easily, but after eight years of fighting and $2.5 billion in U.S. aid, the French lost a crucial battle at Dienbienphu--and with it, their Asian empire. 103--America's Mandarin (1954-1963)--To stop the spread of communism in Southeast Asia, America replaced France in South Vietnam--supporting autocratic President Ngo Dinyh Diem until his own generals turned against him in a coup that brought political chaos to Saigon. 104--LBJ Goes to War (1964-1965)--With Ho Chi Minh determined to reunite Vietnam, Lyndon Baines Johnson determined to prevent it, and South Vietnam on the verge of collapse, the stage was set for massive escalation of the undeclared Vietnam War. 105--America Takes Charge (1965-1967)--In two years, the Johnson Administration's troop build-up dispatched 1.5 million Americans to Vietnam to fight a war they found baffling, tedious, exciting, deadly and unforgettable. 106--America's Enemy (1954-1967)--The Vietnam War as seen from different perspectives: by Vietcong guerrillas and sympathizers; by North Vietnamese leaders; by rank and file; and by American held prisoner in Hanoi. 107--Tet (1968)--The massive enemy offensive at the Lunar New Year decimated the Vietcong and failed to topple the Saigon government, but led to the beginning of America's military withdrawal. 108--Vietnamizing the War (1968-1973)--President Nixon's program of troop pull-outs, stepped-up bombing and huge arms shipments to Saigon changed the war, and left GI's wondering which of them would be the last to die in Vietnam. 109--Cambodia and Laos--Despite technical neutrality, both of Vietnam's smaller neighbors were drawn into the war, suffered massive bombing, and in the case of Cambodia, endured a post-war holocaust of nightmare proportions. 110--Peace is at Hand (1968-1973)--While American and Vietnamese continued to clash in battle, diplomats in Paris argued about making peace, after more than four years reaching an accord that proved to be a preface to further bloodshed. 111--Homefront USA--Americans at home divide over a distant war, clashing in the streets as demonstrations lead to bloodshed, bitterness and increasing doubts about the outcome. 112--The End of the Tunnel (1973-1975)--Through troubled years of controversy and violence, U.S. casualties mounted, victory remained elusive and American opinion moved from general approval to general dissatisfaction with the Vietnam war. 113--Legacies--Vietnam is in the Soviet orbit, poorer than ever, at war on two fronts; America's legacy includes more than one half million Asian refugees, one half million Vietnam veterans and some questions that won't go away. Series release date: 9/1983



Asset Type

Stock footage

Media Type


United States—Military History—20th century
Vietnam (Asia) nation
Danang (Vietnam)
Tet Offensive, 1968
National liberation movements
Urban warfare
Nationalism and communism
Viet Cong
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Danang, Vietnam
War and Conflict
Ellison, Richard (Series Producer)
Publication Information
Rights Summary

Public Domain Rights Holder: NARA

Chicago: “Vietnam: A Television History; Contact with VietCong (During Tet) (2d Bn, 47th Inf, 9th Inf Div),” 01/31/1968, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 15, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5BD6E46021D94239A231C412C673A2F4.
MLA: “Vietnam: A Television History; Contact with VietCong (During Tet) (2d Bn, 47th Inf, 9th Inf Div).” 01/31/1968. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 15, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5BD6E46021D94239A231C412C673A2F4>.
APA: Vietnam: A Television History; Contact with VietCong (During Tet) (2d Bn, 47th Inf, 9th Inf Div). Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5BD6E46021D94239A231C412C673A2F4
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