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When did tet offensive end?

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The offensive was intended to spark an insurrection among South Vietnamese civilians and military forces, destroying the US-backed regime in Saigon and isolating the US main military presence concentrated to the north, thus forcing the Johnson administration to seek a negotiated end to the war.

The offensive utterly failed to prompt an uprising, although government supporters were methodically massacred in a telling use of terrorism. With the exception of the battles of Saigon and Hué, US and South Vietnamese forces quickly defeated the attacks and Vietcong units indigenous to South Vietnam were indeed decimated. It was an offensive from January 30th to 23 September 1968. The North Vietnamese government had planed the offensive for two years and the general idea was that the populous of the south would rise up and join the communist forces. The offensive included 3 phases (originally only one) the first phase started on January 30th (by accident a day earlier) in the five provincial capitals in II Corps and Da Nang, in I Corps Area of Operation. The rest of the offense began on January 31st in most major areas in South Vietnam.

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There were three phases. The first phase of the Tet Offensive began on January 30, 1968, and the third phase ended on September 23, 1968. It is estimated that 14,000 civilians were killed.

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