THE WAR: What Is Giap Up To?

One by one, the 20 or 25 Communist bloc ships that had been steaming through the South China Sea toward North Viet Nam changed course. Three of them picked their way to anchorage in Hong Kong's crowded Victoria Harbor: Gotze Deltchev, flying the Bulgarian flag, and the East German freighters Heinz Kapelle and Gera, their main decks crowded with trucks that were to have been unloaded at Haiphong. When would the ships get under way again? Shrugged one East German seaman: "Not until the American offensive ends."

In Hué, where South Vietnamese forces waited for the long expected Communist assault,...

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