Vietnam War Timeline: 1968


Khe Sanh is besieged by the NVA

30th Jan.

During the Tet holiday, V.C. and NVA mount major offensive across most of the country.

The U.S. Embassy in Saigon is attacked by VC sappers.

Hue is captured by the VC / NVA and will not finish until 25th Feb.

General Leonard F. Chapman replaces General Wallace M. Greene as commandant of the Marine Corp.

6-7th Feb.

NVA use Soviet built light tanks on the battlefield for the first time when they overrun the Special Forces camp at Lang Vei.

18th Feb.

3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division deploys to II Corps


My Lai massacre by members of the 1st Battalion, 20th Inf. Americal Division

6th April

Siege of Khe Sanh combat base is lifted when the Air Cavalry breaks through.

10th May

Peace talks start in Paris.

27th May

Thailand announces it is to dispatch a further 5,000 troops to Vietnam.

27th June

Marines start to withdraw from Khe Sanh.


General Abrams takes over MACV from Westmoreland, who returns to Washington D.C. as the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army.

26th–29th Aug.

Anti War riots in Chicago at the Democratic Party’s national conference

31st Oct.

Johnson orders a cessation of bombing of North Vietnam. The NLF and South Vietnam are allowed to take part in the Paris Peace talks.

31st Dec.

536,000 U.S. military personnel in Vietnam.

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