World: A Savage Week

Allied forces in South Viet Nam like nothing better, so far as military tactics go, than to close with substantial numbers of Viet Cong. In hit-and-run guerrilla attacks, the Viet Cong are too often hard to get at; in larger units, they are usually no match for Allied forces. Last week, replenished and emboldened by the Tet truce, Communist ground forces came out to fight aggressively in unusual numbers. The results were predictable: when the smoke cleared, their thrusts had been blunted and they had lost more than 1,000 men, one of the highest...

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