Documents Captured During TET 1968



The Order for the TET Offensive

Captured Document 1

ORDER OF OFFENSIVE

OF THE PRESIDIUM OF THE SOUTH VIETNAM PEOPLE'S LIBERATION FRONT'S CENTRAL COMMITTEE

TO:

      -All Cadres and Soldiers of all the People's Liberation Armed Forces.

      -All Fellow Countrymen.

       After successive victorious achievements of the past few months, the conditions at home and in the outside world have become truly advantageous to the great undertaking of our People's Revolution and Liberation. The US is being bogged down, suffering a heavy failure. The impotent corrupt puppet government is showing more and more its face of a traitor selling down its country and its people. Our revolutionary forces have totally grown up and become powerful as never before. The North, as an ever solid and strong supporting rear to the South, is giving deadly hidings to the US aggressors in their devastating war, strenuously backing up the South in its anti-US patriotic war. Our friends all over five oceans of the world (including the progressive people of the United States) are wholeheartedly and positively supporting us. We are facing a favorable situation.

      The Presidium of the South Vietnam Peoples's Liberation's Central Committee DECIDES TO LAUNCH THE GREAT GENERAL OFFENSIVE, DEFEATING THE ENEMY, WINNING BACK THE GOVERNMENT TO THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE

      The Presidium thus issues this order to all the liberation armed forces, all the political fighting forces, all the patriotic organization members, and all the fellow countrymen to unanimously rush forward:

        - Destroying the enemy's vital forces, defeating the US and its satellite's forces, crashing down the puppet army.

        - Overthrowing all levels of the puppet government, firmly trying and punishing the traitor's chieftains and thugs.

        - Establishing the people's revolutionary government at every level, striving to protect the government, smashing to pieces all attempts of the enemy's counter-attack under all circumstances.

        - Implementing policies within the directives promulgated by the Front.

        - People, Fellow Countrymen, Cadres, and Soldiers! March forward bravely! Victory will definitely be ours!


South Vietnam, January 29, 1968
The Presidium      
The Central Committee for the South Vietnam People's
Liberation Front




The Call to Arms by the Viet Cong

Captured Document 2

DECLARATION


OF THE REVOLUTIONARY ARMY HEADQUARTERS

         Citizens and Fellow Countrymen!

      The awaited final days of the Thieu-Ky clique have arrived!

      On behalf of the people's will and indignation, the Revolutionary Army has opened fire on our death-feud enemy.

      We would like to inform our people that we firmly seek to overthrow the Thieu-Ky traitor's regime, to wipe out those who, for years, have murdered, tortured, and oppressed the people. Our struggle's objectives are to win Independence for the People, Peace for the Country, and Happiness for all of us.

      In order for the Army to fully undertake its sacred, yet heavy, duties, we would like to ask our people:

           1)- To support the Army in the attack and in the pursuit of the American and puppet troops.

           2)- To help us nab all of the American- and puppet-hired wicked thugs.

      Being children and brothers of the people, The Revolutionary Army swears to put all our strength into the final task of securing victory for our Country and our People.

January 31, 1968

The Headquarters      
of The Revolutionary Army

Translations by Mr. Tung Cao
through the courtesy of Anne Frank, Librarian,
Southeast Asian Archive,
University of California, Irvine

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