The War: A Time of Uncertainty

One morning last week the citizens of Tay Ninh awoke to find Communist soldiers roaming the streets of their provincial capital, 55 miles northwest of Saigon. Three regiments of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops had maneuvered around Tay Ninh in the shad ow of Nui Ba Den, the Black Virgin mountain. Some Communist units hit outlying defense posts. Others slipped into the city before dawn under cover of a rocket and mortar barrage and dug into foxholes.

In the early morning sunlight, Viet Cong agitators harangued crowds routed out onto street corners...

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